COVID-19 Advocacy Efforts

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As a field focused on bringing people together, here's how we are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

APAP Action Alert

Updated 8:55 a.m. (EDT), October 2, 2020

The House passed the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 "HEROES" bill last night. While it is unlikely to pass in the Senate, it is clear that Congress has a responsibility to respond to the continuing effects and needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Contacting your Congressional representatives is one of the most important things you can do.  Please also participate in this Performing Arts Alliance COVID-19 relief campaign today, and let Congress know that the arts are essential and that arts workers are essential. Read the bill text.

We are just a month 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. Please note that 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can engage in non-partisan voter engagement activity that encourages all voters to register and participate in the election process. Learn how YOU can help increase voter turnout.

Also, the deadline to take the Census 2020 is approaching. (UPDATED: The Supreme Court has sided with President Trump's request to halt the count on October 15, 2020.) 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! Given the lack of clarity around the deadline, it's very important that you take the census now.

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.