Advocacy & Visibility

Dance/USA represents the interests of the national dance community before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Dance/USA works with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors to advocate for the development and implementation of national policies that recognize and strengthen the ability of the arts and cultural communities to contribute to American life.

Your Vote Counts

It is important for U.S. citizens to register to vote and to vote each and every year during elections at all levels - national, state, and local - for candidates who support the arts and culture and who are/will be proactive in ensuring the arts and culture will be supported now and in the future. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is a great resource that provides information that voters need to be prepared for each election day. Dance/USA has also executed a get-out-the-vote campaign - #Dance2Vote - that provides accurate information for the general public to register to vote and to vote early. 

Know Your Federal Elected Officials

Dance/US members, dance artists, dance professionals, and arts advocates should know their elected officials at all levels of government, establish and maintain working relationships, and and regularly communicate with them and their staff to keep them current on how the local arts community is faring and how the arts community can best be supported in the future. Congress.gov is a great resource to find out about Congressional members and what legislation they support or do not support.

Action Alerts

Dance/USA periodically emails Action Alerts to our members, with timely messages that make it easy to take action and advocate for policies that impact dance and the performing arts. Below are current action alerts impacting the dance community and the rest of the arts sector.

Meeting Your Congressional Delegation

Dance/USA can schedule meetings for its members with their Congressional delegation throughout the year, either virtual or in-person. Please contact contact the Government Affairs office and we can schedule meetings, provide background information and talking points, prep members prior to their meetings, and attend meetings with members in a supporting role. 

Performing Arts Alliance

Dance/USA is a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America's nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies. Through legislative and grassroots action, the PAA advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to the U.S. The PAA "envisions a United States in which the diverse ecology of the performing arts is deeply valued and supported, adequately and equitably resourced, and where participation is accessible to all.All Dance/USA members are members of the PAA.