Advocacy News and AlertsIn This Section
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.
January 13, 2022
In This Issue: Act Now: Renewed COVID-19 Relief Talks Underway; NEA Awards 1st Round FY22 Grants, Direct ARP Grants to Come; Newest Artist Visa Updates as Travel Resumes, Cautiously; League Resources on COVID-19 Relief and New Safety Rules; 2022: A Key Year for Advocacy
December 17, 2021
In This Issue: Speak Up to Reinstate the Employee Retention Tax Credit; IRS to Non-Itemizers: Donate Now; Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Enter New Phase of Implementation; National Endowment for the Arts Grant News and Updates; Our Year-End Thanks to You!
November 12, 2021
In This Issue: Employee Retention Tax Credit Curtailed as Infrastructure Bill Passes; New Action Ahead on Shuttered Venue Operators Grants; The Latest on COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Requirements; COVID-19 Travel Bans Lifted: New Policies in Place for International Air Travel; Speak Up Now to Preserve New Charitable Giving Incentives!
October 8, 2021
In This Issue: Still Time to Act on Arts and Recovery, Reminder! New Charitable Giving Incentives Encourage Donors to Give More, Shuttered Venue Operators Grants: Reporting Requirements Coming Soon, International Guest Artists Experiencing Visa Delays and Complications, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson Nominated to Lead National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Education Legislation Nears Introduction, October is National Arts and Humanities Month
September 20, 2021
In This Issue: Act Now: Arts and Recovery; Shuttered Venues Grants Enter Supplemental Phase; U.S. to Lift International Travel Restrictions in Early November
August 30, 2021
Your voice has made a real difference as Congress shapes relief and recovery resources, and it's time to be heard once again! In the coming weeks, Congress will finalize the contents of massive legislative vehicles intended to build the nation's infrastructure and provide resources to support recovery amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation is being called a once-in-a-generation investment in U.S. infrastructure and growth.
August 12, 2021
Next Phase Begins for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants; Threats to Shorten Employee Retention Tax Credit as Access Improves; Webinar Ahead: U.S. Visas and COVID-19 Travel Restrictions; How to Play Your Part this Month
June 23, 2021
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced guidelines for American Rescue Plan Grants, which are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations, and assist the field in responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 9, 2021
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced policy changes that will support improved visa processing, specifying opportunities for artist visa petitioners.
May 28, 2021
On May 26, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a new set of Frequently Asked Questions for Awardees approved for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), as grant notifications for the first award recipients for this critical form of COVID-19 relief are issued this week.
May 24, 2021
In a call with Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) stakeholders today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) provided information in response to applicant uncertainty over the timing and next steps in processing grant applications.
May 19, 2021
NEA's Second Round of FY21 Grants Support Nearly 60 Orchestral Online Projects, Community Engagements, and Operations
Nearly 60 orchestras have been awarded FY21 Grants for Arts Projects (GAP), Part 2 awards by the National Endowment for the Arts to commission new works, support composer residencies, produce community engagement programs, present online performances, and support afterschool music education for young students.
May 13, 2021
Spring Into Action! Catch Up on Latest COVID-19 Relief Updates and Opportunities, International Mobility, and Charitable Giving Bills
American Rescue Plan: State and Local Funding in Motion; Latest Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Updates; International Mobility: Visas and Travel with Instruments; Charitable Giving Provisions Introduced in Congress
May 11, 2021
The SBA is advising stakeholders that further information about next steps in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program will continue to be released this week and next. The League participated in a call this afternoon with SVOG administrators.
April 23, 2021
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it will re-open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal on Saturday, April 24 at 12:30pm Eastern.
April 16, 2021
Until further notice, the Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to pause the implementation of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) application portal as the agency fixes technology problems and revises the accompanying grant guidance.
April 9, 2021
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has paused the implementation of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) application portal until further notice as the agency fixes technology problems and revises the accompanying grant guidance.
April 7, 2021
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance to inform the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, which is set to open at 12:00 Noon Eastern on Thursday, April 8.
March 30, 2021
The Small Business Administration (SBA) presented a webinar today outlining key eligibility and application requirements for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program, which is set to open for applications on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
March 25, 2021
As orchestras continue to access new and extended forms of federal COVID-19 relief, the League of American Orchestras is sharing with you these very latest developments from Washington, D.C.
March 19, 2021
Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that Thursday, April 8 is the slated date for receiving applications to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program and created a new SVOG web portal to host further SVOG updates as the application process prepares to launch.
March 11, 2021
New and Extended Federal Relief Approved in American Rescue Plan!; Attend the League Webinar for an Overview of Federal Relief; Advocacy Work Continues!
March 4, 2021
The process for accessing the federal COVID-19 relief that was passed into law last December has undergone many twists and turns in the past few weeks and the League of American Orchestras is sharing the following important and time-sensitive updates.
March 2, 2021
Speak up: Congress finalizing next relief package; Pension Relief Proposed in New COVID-19 Bill; Newest Developments on Shuttered Venue Operator Grants and PPP Loans; Tune in to Music Advocacy this Month and Beyond
February 11, 2021
Congress is racing to complete the next COVID-19 relief package before a number of provisions expire in mid-March, using the budget reconciliation process to speed approval with a simple majority vote in the Senate.
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