The 114th Congress: A New Capitol Hill for the Arts

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Action Alert
Founding Members:

Association of Performing Arts Presenters | Dance/USA League of American Orchestras | OPERA America | Theatre Communications Group

Associate Members:

Alternate ROOTS | American Composers Forum | Chamber Music America | Chorus America | Fractured Atlas | National Alliance for Musical Theatre | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Performance Network | Network of Ensemble Theaters | New Music USA

The 114th Congress: A New Capitol Hill for the Arts

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I Voted! by Vox Efx, Flickr Creative Commons

The results of the 2014 mid-term elections—Republican control of the Senate, fewer Democratic seats the House—will bring new faces to Capitol Hill and to some of your districts and states.

With new policymakers headed into office, this is an opportune moment to educate them about the role and value of the arts in America. As soon as possible, make your voice heard and tell your lawmakers how your arts organization is making an impact where you live.

Post-election, PAA encourages you to start building relationships now.

Handshake Image.jpg Is there new leadership in your district or state?

It’s important that your elected officials know who you are, so invest some time with your policymakers in order to build a relationship with your arts organization.

Use the PAA Advocacy Tool Kit for tips on making introductions, scheduling meetings, giving presentations, and inviting your legislators to a performance.

Shaking Hands by Nicola Corboy, Flickr Creative Commons

Prepare for conversations with your lawmakers.

Conversation Image.jpg PAA’s Issue Briefs provide many talking points on each of our federal arts priorities that can help you prepare for conversations with your lawmakers.

We encourage you to add points from your own stories, illustrating how federal arts policies affect the way arts organizations serve their local communities.

Visit the PAA Issue Center and download briefs on the following policy areas:

Conversation by Valery Kenski, Flickr Creative Commons

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts

Improving the Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists

Federal Funding for Arts Education

Nonprofit Charitable Giving Incentives

White Spaces: Protecting Performing Arts Wireless Technology

Net Neutrality: Preserving an Open Internet

Cultural Exchanges: Strengthening Ties Between the U.S. and the World

The arts have bi-artisan support.

Capitol.jpg With your help, we’ve seen bi-partisan support for arts issues such as NEA funding, arts education, and have even seen new members from each party join theCongressional Arts Caucus.

Here are a few arts accomplishments made during the second session of the 113th Congress:

Wally Gobetz, Flickr Creative Commons
  • House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee Chair Rep. Ken Calvert (R-42nd-CA) amended an appropriations bill to restore the NEA to $146M for FY14. This amount is $8M higher than the $136M his subcommittee originally recommended.
  • The Senate HELP Committee once again recommended that the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program remain a stand-alone grant competition funded at $25M. This repeated support is essential as the House’s education budget proposed eliminating the program and the President’s budget proposed consolidating it with other subjects.

We look forward to building relationships with the new 114th Congress. Stay tuned to PAA for the latest announcements and opportunities to take action and speak up for the arts.

The Performing Arts Alliance is a national network of more than 30,000 organizational and individual members comprising the professional, nonprofit performing arts and presenting fields. For more than 30 years, PAA has been the premiere advocate for America’s professional nonprofit arts organizations, artists, and their publics before the US Congress and key policy makers. Through legislative and grassroots action, PAA advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.

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