Advocay Resources

Orchestras have a shared interest with other arts organizations. This interest extends to advocating on arts issues.

The following tools and websites are excellent resource to help you advocate for your orchestra.


ACSO Advocacy vs. Lobbying Guide
This presentation was given at the 2017 ACSO Annual Conference. It discusses the differences of advocacy versus lobbying.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

California Arts Advocates
California Arts Advocates (CAA), provides advocacy services for California’s arts community.

California Arts Council
The California Arts Council is a state agency governed by an 11-member policy-setting council appointed by the Governor and the Legislature to advance the state through the Arts and creativity. Council members and professional staff have experience and expertise in the Arts, creative industries, education, community development, state and local government, and the nonprofit and for profit sectors.

California Legislature: Joint Committee on the Arts
Recognizing that the Arts contribute significantly to the quality of life in California; play an important role in the identity, innovation and economy of this state; and citing the dramatic decline in arts education programs in the state’s public schools, the Joint Committee on the Arts was formed in 1984.

CalNonprofits is a statewide membership network that works to bring the full power of California's nonprofits to strengthening communities.

Find Your California Legislator

League of American Orchestras Government Affairs
The Advocacy and Government department of the League acts to improve policies that increase public access to orchestral music and supports orchestras as they advocate for the vitality of music in communities nationwide.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.