Disaster Relief and Preparedness

The League, together with a number of other national arts organizations, has worked with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that arts organizations in communities affected by disaster have improved access to federal relief.

Congress recognized the public value of performing arts organizations by addressing a significant inequity in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief policy. A provision approved by Congress in October, 2006 added nonprofit performing arts facilities to the list of organizations eligible for future FEMA disaster relief assistance.  

Plan ahead and have the proper documentation in order – namely, if your orchestra rents a facility, you’ll need to show language from your rental agreement that spells out that your orchestra is responsible for repairs. Advanced preparation is essential to navigating a natural disaster and other unexpected emergencies. Find more information below.

If you need more specific advice, visit the page linked below:

Disaster Preparation and Relief – General



This is a rapidly changing situation, and recommended actions may be highly-specific to your location. Check your state and local health agencies for guidance specific to your location.

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Banner: Peoria Symphony Orchestra staff accepted food donations to benefit the local Peoria Area Food Bank as part of Orchestras Feeding America. Photo credit: Michelle Seibert.

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