Alert: Contact Congress on Tuesday, 4/13! - (April 13, 2010)

Arts Advocacy Day is April 13!

Tuesday, April 13 is National Arts Advocacy Day, a unique opportunity for you to join with arts advocates across the country as they speak up in support of the arts. 

The League is a national co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day and participates in the legislative planning committee that constructs the messages carried by arts advocates in the nation's capital and nationwide. Joining in this national day of advocacy from home is easy and only takes minutes!

Speak Up Nationally on Arts Policy Issues 

1) Contact your members of Congress on April 13 by taking part in one of the easy-to-use advocacy issue areas we have set up for you. Your elected officials are most motivated by real stories and examples from home, so remember to personalize the sample letters!

Click here to see the full range of issues areas impacting orchestras and choose one or two that matter the most to you.

2) Engage with your representatives at home. The most effective advocacy begins in your own community, by building relationships throughout the year. View our pdf 2010 Calendar of Advocacy Opportunities to determine when your representatives will be home, schedule a meeting, and continue communicating with them throughout the spring and summer. When Congress takes a recess from D.C., it is the perfect occasion to invite your elected officials to attend your orchestra's concerts and encourage them to see community programs in action. 

Act Locally to Support Music Education 

With state and local budgets in crisis, music education in our schools is facing new threats, and local advocacy is more essential than ever. See the League's Music Education Advocacy Tools for tips orchestras can use in taking action to rally support in and for their community. The toolkit includes:

  • the League's Statement of Common Cause Supporting In-School Music Education,
  • tips for launching your music education advocacy effort,
  • sample actions your orchestra might take, and
  • research supporting the benefits of arts education.

Please share your advocacy stories with us and feel welcome to contact League Government Affairs staff with any questions. Thank you for joining advocates nationwide in support of the arts!


Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Najean Lee, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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