The League of American Orchestras is an indispensable voice and public policy advocate. In partnership with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors, we represent and engage orchestras in advocating for the value and values of the orchestral community with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies, And we support our members as they advocate in their own communities, at the local and state level.

Policy issues include equitable access to music education, arts funding, federal COVID relief for orchestras, visas for foreign guest artists, cultural exchange, travel with musical instruments, nonprofit tax issues, and more. We invite you to explore our many resources for telling your story and advocating for your orchestra with government, civic leaders, and community partners.

The League is a leading member of coalition effort that span the national arts and nonprofit sectors, including the Performing Arts Alliance, the Arts Education Partnership, National Council of Nonprofits, Music Education Policy Roundtable, Charitable Giving Coalition, and Independent Sector.


Advocacy is most effective when it starts at the community level.


Music Education Advocacy

The status of music education in our nation’s schools has short- and long-term consequences for both student achievement and the future of orchestras. Research has proven that arts education, including music education, uniquely provides academic and social benefits, preparing students for success in school, work, and life.
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COVID-19 Federal Assistance

Community by community, the impact of COVID-19 is variable and rapidly changing. The League of American Orchestras has been a leading voice as orchestras join advocates in the arts and nonprofit sectors nationwide seeking federal relief that will protect their substantial workforce and safeguard their essential service to communities in the wake of unprecedented closures …
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Advocacy News

The League’s team in Washington, D.C. is monitoring all of the latest policy developments, from key votes ahead that need your voice to newly-approved policies that will affect your orchestra’s day-to-day operations. Find here our advocacy updates and latest calls to action.

Get Involved: Boise Phil, Meet the Brass in September 2020. Photo: Chris Thometz

Contact Congress

Raising your voice about key issues before Congress is essential. Contacting Congress is easy to do, and your communication with elected officials will ensure that communities nationwide continue to benefit from orchestral music.

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