Advocacy Resources

Orchestras have a shared interest with other arts organizations. This interest extends to advocating on arts issues. The following list of websites is an excellent resource to help you advocate for your orchestra.


AB 1194: Emergency Exits

AB 580: Funding Increase for the California Arts Council

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

Artists from Abroad
The most complete and up-to-date online resource for foreign guest artists, their managers, and performing arts organizations.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. This study demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.

Arts Budget Support Letter

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
A national service and advocacy organization with more than 1,400 members worldwide, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it.

Attorney General Charitable Trusts & Raffles
Information and resources on charities, raffles and charity fundraising professionals.

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.

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

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Educates charities about the role of lobbying.

Comprehensive Cultural Policy for the State of California, 1978
This Comprehensive Cultural Policy was commissioned by the California Arts Council and written under contract to the State of California during November and December of 1978. It is based on the previous statements and activities of the Council itself, on a good deal of material concerning the policies of other public agencies, on studies and other publications in cultural policy from UNESCO and the Council of Europe, and on the experiences of communities throughout California.

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 Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.

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.

Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004
A guide and summary of the act.

Oregon Cultural Trust
A creative additional funding stream for the arts.

Sample Support Letter

Sarbanes-Oxley and Implications for Nonprofits
Information about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its implications for nonprofits.

Senator Barbara Boxer
Official website of the U.S. Senator.

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Official site of the U.S. Senator.

State Budget Allocation for the California Arts Council

The Office of the Governor of California
Official website of California Governor, Jerry Brown.

VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation was founded in 1997 as a public affairs initiative of the VH1 network. The Foundation’s core mission is to restore instrumental music education programs, ensuring that every child has access to a complete education that includes the benefits of music instruction.