Post-Election Update: Lame Duck, Transitioning to a New Administration, and the Advocacy Imperative

November 9, 2016

One of the most impassioned campaign seasons has come to a photo finish, with Donald Trump pronounced the President-elect, and Congress maintaining a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. In light of the many priorities and voices that will be competing for attention once the new Administration and Congress assume office in January, your voice and participation is absolutely essential.

There are near-term budget decisions about funding levels for the National Endowment for the Arts and arts education that the current Congress still must set, and debate over immigration policy and tax treatment of charitable giving incentives that will begin in the early days of the new Congress and Administration. Just as music is interwoven into the fabric of American life, a vast array of economic, international, and domestic public policies impact the arts and culture in this country. Policies that support the arts and creativity have historically advanced with support from elected officials across the political spectrum in the House, Senate, and the White House. In advance of the elections, the League and the national arts community developed transition recommendations for a new Administration. This arts policy statement, Advancing the Arts to Support National Policy Priorities, will guide our collective work in the coming months and expresses a unified purpose across a diverse array of those in the arts and culture community.

Participating in the policy process and making your voice heard will be the key to getting the attention of your elected officials. With your help, we will continue to call on the next Administration to leverage the arts to their full potential by identifying and raising their visibility in policy issues that cut across federal agencies, including economic and community development, health and wellness, veteran and active duty military care, education and youth development, international diplomacy and cultural exchange, and technology and communications policy.

The League will keep you up to date with the latest news and tips on how orchestra advocates can most effectively engage and participate in strengthening their communities through art policies. In the meantime, start getting to know Members of Congress while they are at home, reaching out to both new and re-elected officials to describe your orchestra's capacity to unify all people through the power of music, and lay the groundwork for ongoing advocacy in 2017.