Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy

If you are involved in an orchestra in any capacity, and you care about the future of your orchestra and the community it serves, being an effective public policy advocate is essential. Through the guide Playing Your Part, the League offers simple, easy-to-read advice on how to get engaged in the policy process and build successful relationships with policymakers. Our goal is to support and empower you to play your part in influencing public policy. Acting together, we can make a difference. This guide includes:

  • Facts about advocacy and lobbying
  • Tips for identifying your policy issues, partners, and strategies
  • Easy steps for tracking and reporting lobbying activity
  • A Q&A on the lobbying rules for orchestras

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The Truth About Lobbying

Identifying your Issues and Messages

Building Your Base: People and Partners in Public Policy 

Getting to Know Your Policymakers

Contacting and Meeting with Policymakers

Engaging the Public: Grassroots Lobbying

Follow Up: Here's what to do if...

Q&A: The Rules that Allow Lobbying by Nonprofits

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