Advocacy is on-going relationship building. Arts organizations must be diligent in building and maintaining good communication with arts agencies, legislators, and local officials.
The public needs to know that your organization is a linchpin of the community—over and over again. Our goal is to provide the orchestra and chorus community with information and resources to keep elected officials, community and business leaders and voters informed about the music programs that raise the quality of life for Californians.
ACSO members have a combined budget of more than
$285 million in 2011/12. Orchestras create jobs; increase the tax base; boost tourism; spur growth in related businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, and printing; revitalize urban centers; and build community cultural bridges.
ACSO members contribute to the music education of California’s 6 million school children through school partnerships, performances, and education outreach.
Why is grassroots advocacy important to the success of California orchestras? Because elected officials respond to their constituents!
Mass communication from orchestras, board members, artistic and administrative staff, and audience members is the most effective way to persuade legislators and their staff. Writing, faxing, and emailing letters, making phone calls and personal visits to the state Capitol and district offices is how you keep your elected officials informed on the issues that affect orchestras and your community.
"Professional networking, resource sharing, and finding (and suggesting) solutions to common challenges are just three of the reasons I joined ACSO. As purveyors of classical fare, we need to be able to unite and speak with a single voice to legislators, funders, and audiences to ensure that this rich culture we steward is preserved."
Teddy Witherington, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus