Advocacy and Government

2020 Calendar of Opportunities

The Advocacy and Government department of the League acts to improve policies that increase public access to orchestral music and supports orchestras as they advocate for the vitality of music in communities nationwide.

Through our Washington, D.C. office, the League represents orchestras before Congress, federal agencies, and the White House, providing policy makers with clear, coherent, and coordinated information about the public value of orchestras and the music they perform. The League is active in a range of federal policy areas, including arts funding, education, visas for foreign guest artists, cultural exchange, and nonprofit tax issues.

Advocacy is most effective when it starts at the community level. The League provides resources to empower orchestras to be champions for the presence of music in their communities, and supports orchestras as they work to strengthen their civic relationships.

Information in this section includes advocacy tools and tips, the latest news on emerging policy areas, announcements of federal funding opportunities, guides to federal rules and requirements for orchestras; advice on immigration issues, visas, and taxation;  and tips for musicians traveling abroad.

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The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.

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