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As a leader in the field and a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), APAP is a resource for the performing arts field and helps to raise awareness on federal policy areas that affect APAP members. PAA is a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.

APAP Advocacy during the COVID-19 Crisis

APAP is working alongside our national partners to advocate for legislation that supports performing arts organizations, artists and arts workers. You can view the latest information on these efforts on our COVID-19 page.

Advocacy Alerts

Urgent message about wireless technology in the performing arts

12.18.19 APAP is a part of the Performing Arts Wireless Microphone Working Group which works to protect performing arts wireless technology. If you or your organization use wireless technology, we need your assistance now. Today we ask you to take this short survey about how your organization uses wireless devices, so that we can better advocate with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Learn More.

Urgent APAP Advocacy Alert: Save the NEA!

7.17.18 On Tuesday, July 17, the House Rules Committee green-lighted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by $23 million each - a 15% cut to each agency. For that reason, we're sharing this message from our partners at Americans for the Arts who are asking you to take two minutes to take action now to call on your Member of Congress to reject this amendment. They need to hear from you about why the arts are vital to your community and our country! Learn more about what actions you can take.

APAP Advocacy Alert: Save the NEA!

2.15.18 On Monday, the President released his FY19 budget proposal. In it, as many news sources report, he calls for the total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other U.S. cultural agencies and programs. Last year, your emails, phone calls, and interactions with policy makers helped to save the NEA. Your action makes a difference! Learn more about what actions you can take.

Now is the time to ACT to #SAVEtheNEA

5.25.17 On Tuesday, the President released his FY18 detailed budget, which proposes that the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural agencies and programs be eliminated. As the Congress funds the budget, NOW is the time to ACT on behalf of the arts. Our country and our communities depend on us as arts leaders and advocates. You recently received an email alert from APAP's advocacy partner, Performing Arts Alliance. Learn more about some very important information as well as steps you can take here.

7 ways to #SaveTheNEA

3.28.17 In light of President Trump’s proposal to defund the National Endowment for the Arts---as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting---NOW is the time to take action! Please review these 7 ways your voice can make a difference and share with your colleagues and your audiences! 

Take action to prevent the defunding of the NEA

1.31.17 We are concerned about the future of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and arts funding in the U.S. We have outlined the key facts that you should know and actions that you can take to help protect the arts in this document. Please check back frequently for updates. Learn More.

Opportunities to Engage

Performing Arts Alliance Resources

PAA is APAP's advocacy partner and has a number of resources to keep you informed and guide your activities. Visit the PAA Arts Advocacy Toolkit for helpful how-to's and the Advocacy Issue Center for facts and talking points on key issues such as funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, arts education, and more. 

Arts Action Fund

APAP members receive free membership to the Arts Action Fund at the Advocate level. The Arts Action Fund, affiliated with Americans for the Arts, is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education.

Interested in engaging in advocacy at the state level? Find out who is leading efforts through the State Arts Action Network.