Advocacy for Volunteers
First, please make time to read through the League’s resource, Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy. In it you’ll find easy-to-read advice on how you can be an effective and engaged advocate for your orchestra. Volunteers are especially valuable advocates! Not only do you have a personal connection to the orchestra that has inspired you to devote your own time and energy to it, but it is often the case that volunteers are active in their communities in many areas, which connects them with key civic leaders and sometimes to policymakers themselves. Your voice is worth more than 10 to 20 "special pleadings" by any Washington lobbyist. To a member of Congress, the only thing more influential than "the average constituent" is someone who speaks for an organization that is honored in the community.