July 15, 2008

Prepare for Disasters - Before They Strike

Just one year ago, performing arts organizations officially became eligible for disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The League, together with the Performing Arts Alliance, worked with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that performing arts organizations in communities affected by disaster will have improved access to federal relief. Plan ahead and have the proper documentation in order - namely, if your orchestra rents a facility, you'll need to show language from your rental agreement that spells out that your orchestra is responsible for repairs. While the League compiles an overview of FEMA rules, begin preparations by checking out the official FEMA policy.

Read About Key Developments in Disaster Relief for Non-Profits

October 3, 2006

FEMA Support for Performing Arts Approved!

Congress has recognized the public value of performing arts organizations by addressing a significant inequity in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief policy.  In response to concerns raised by the performing arts community, the FY07 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill included a provision adding nonprofit performing arts facilities to the list of organizations eligible for future FEMA disaster relief.  FEMA eligibility enables organizations that are located in a Presidential-declared disaster area and own their facilities to seek reimbursement for the costs to repair facilities to their pre-disaster condition, as well as for costs associated with debris removal and emergency protective measures.  Each FEMA application is considered on a case-by-case basis.  While the new performing arts eligibility does not guarantee that each future application will be approved, it allows requests to be fairly considered.  Please stay tuned - we are working with FEMA to learn more about future eligibility requirements.