Connect with Your Elected Officials This Summer! - (July 2, 2010)

Washington, D.C. - Your advocacy in the coming weeks can strengthen federal support for orchestras and improve the perception of the performing arts among policymakers. Congress is set to take two summer breaks before returning to D.C. to make key policy decisions about tax incentives for charitable giving and art and education funding. Independence Day Recess runs through July 12, and the Summer Recess is August 9 through September 12. As Congress returns to home states and districts, meet with federal lawmakers and their staff to remind them of the vital benefits your orchestra provides in your community.

This effort is being undertaken in collaboration with the Performing Arts Alliance, so consider being in touch with other local performing arts organizations and coordinate to capture the attention of your members of Congress while they are back home. Click on one of the following issues to find key talking points prepared for you:

Key Issues

Music Education
Tax and 501(c)(3) Policy
Visa and Tax for Foreign Guest Artists
NEA Funding
Orchestras and Community Vitality

One of the best ways to convince elected officials of the public value of your orchestra is to show them - firsthand - an orchestra experience. Before inviting members of Congress to your events, brush up on the Congressional gift rules , crafted by the Performing Arts Alliance, of which the League is a founding member. As always, we invite you to share your advocacy stories with us and contact League Government Affairs staff with any questions.

Contact Congress Today!

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