FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2020
CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull
Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is excited to announce that the organization will cover the cost of dues for current members from July through December 2020. In addition, Dance/USA invites new members to join for only $25, regardless of membership type.
As the dance field navigates the ongoing closures due to COVID-19, Dance/USA is committed to ensuring current members are able to remain in the membership regardless of financial status and new members can join in order to engage with their peer community for problem solving, idea generation, and information sharing.
- Current members do not need to take any action at this time.
- New members may join for $25 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until December 31, 2020. The $25 will be applied as a credit for when dues become payable in early 2021.
Dance/USA will also launch a Membership Working Group to assess the entire membership fee structure to ensure the fees align with Dance/USA’s values of equity and connectivity. The Membership Working Group will consist of members, nonmembers, Trustees, and staff.
“The COVID-19 pandemic presents Dance/USA with the opportunity to re-assess organizational structures to ensure alignment with our values of equity and connectivity,” stated Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. “At its June 2020 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved Dance/USA to use organizational reserves to help cover membership dues for the next six months. We know the dance field is experiencing tremendous financial hardship and dance artists and administrators need peer support networks, federal advocacy, and ongoing information sharing.”
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.
Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more at danceusa.org.