Updated 12:35 p.m. (EDT), September 11, 2020

We are just weeks out from the 2020 Election, and we can’t lose sight of its importance for our democracy and for the performing arts.

While the pandemic has temporarily left many of our venues empty, many artists, crew and staff under- or unemployed, and many audiences under-engaged, that doesn't mean that our spaces, our people, and our audiences don't have a critical role to play in our communities and a civic duty to fulfill. 

Together, as performing arts professionals, we have an opportunity to maximize voter engagement by activating our spaces, organizations and ourselves across the country in service to every eligible citizen’s right to vote. Learn how YOU can help increase voter turnout.

Also, the deadline to take the Census 2020 approaching. (At this moment, the deadline is September 30, 2020. This date may be extended, but that is currently under negotiation in Congress.) Among other things, the results of the Census impacts how federal funding is distributed for the next ten years. Be sure you, your staff and your audiences take the Census!

While Congress is back from its August recess, progress with new COVID-19 legislation is slow, and many proposals are still in play. Sharing your personal story is the most important thing you can do. Contact your Congressional representatives today and let them know that the arts are essential and that arts workers are essential.

What APAP is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Quick Links: Congressional Action | Webinars | General Resources | Reopening Resources | Presenting, Booking, and Touring Resources | Artists and Arts Workers Resources | Emergency Funding  |  Additional Resources | Creative Responses |  Government Relief

APAP is monitoring the spread and impact of the Coronavirus on a daily basis and working with other field leadership organizations to gather information, share resources, and advocate for the field. We highly encourage members to review our resources here, read our member newsletters, and follow APAP on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

APAP President and CEO Lisa Richards Toney and former President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham have been communicating regularly with members. You can read recent statements here:

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Congressional Action

APAP has joined the broader arts and nonprofit sectors in advocating for the performing arts booking, touring and presenting field in the wake of COVID-19 closures, event cancellations, and the diverse needs of APAP members during this time.

Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.

As relief and recovery legislation will continue into the coming months, it's very important that we continue to make the case for performing arts organizations, arts workers, and artists. Our collective advocacy efforts as a field are working. Your stories are being heard. We thank you for your efforts and urge you to continue to engage your local Congressional staff directly and use the talking points from the above statements. You may also find some of these talking points from the U.S. Conference of Mayors platform helpful.

APAP works with its advocacy partners as part of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA). APAP members regularly receive alerts from PAA. You can read the most recent alerts below.

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Upcoming Webinars and Events

Upcoming APAP Webinars and Events

Other Upcoming Webinars

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More COVID-19 Webinars

To find ongoing webinar series, replays of past APAP and other field webinars, visit this page.

Emergency Funding

Below are some emergency funding opportunities. We will continue to update this list on a regular basis.Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.

Informational Resources

APAP has compiled a number of frequently updated, informational resources from across the field to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • General Coronavirus Resources
  • Presenting, Booking, and Touring Resources
  • Livestreaming
  • Reopening Resources
  • Artists and Arts Workers Resources

Find all resources here

APAP Members' Creative Responses to COVID-19

We know this is a very difficult time for our industry, so we are trying to offer some light by leaning into what we do best as a field of artists and creatives.

To that end, APAP created this “Creative Responses” playlist featuring APAP members (or artists on on member rosters), staff and board members and their creative responses to COVID-19, showing how we are coping and processing this unique time.