Contact Congress Regarding COVID Relief – today and again!

March 20, 2020

Congress is swiftly deciding the contents of a massive COVID-19 relief bill. Orchestra stakeholders across the country need to speak up. And if you are among the very many advocates who have weighed in already, we thank you and ask you to contact Congress again.
In unison with national arts and culture organizations, the League of American Orchestras has identified critical areas of federal assistance that need to be included in this third relief package. We urge orchestras to ask their federal elected officials for the following:

  • Support multiple forms of enhanced incentives for charitable giving that supports the full breadth of the charitable sector, including an above-the-line tax deduction available to all taxpayers, whether they itemize returns or not.
  • Support dedicated COVID-19 relief funding for the arts sector, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, and full access to other forms of direct COVID relief provided to the nonprofit sector.
  • Activate nationwide Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, laid off, or whose individual or family circumstances have changed as a result of COVID-19 or government containment efforts. Very many musicians and arts workers may not otherwise have access to state unemployment benefits.
  • Streamline the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance program and provide loan forgiveness options.

Take one minute to personalize the League's COVID-19 campaign and weigh in today. Again, even if you have already contacted your Members of Congress earlier this week, let them know how important these measures are. Though we know the need may far exceed whatever Congress is able to provide in the short term, it is essential the arts sector speak up, and speak quickly!
By speaking up, you are joining side-by-side with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors which are collaborating on these requests:
Arts and COVID-19 Statement to Congress
Charitable Giving Coalition Statement
Nonprofit COVID Relief Statement
Thank you so much for your advocacy.
(Please also continue to check out the League's COVID-19 resources for up-to-date tools to support your orchestra.)