For the first time in a few years, this fall update is not as dire as it has been. Funding proposals for the National Endowment for the Arts are relatively stable and there is no looming fiscal cliff. However, that doesn’t mean that we should take a break on our advocacy. This is a key time to educate our lawmakers about the issues that impact dance and the performing arts as an integral part of moving the needle on policy and legislation. Read on for more on how to do this.
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Important revised dates to put on your calendar regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Meeting your member of Congress in Washington, D.C., is a great way to make your voice heard with lawmakers and to share the important work your company does in the community. Read about a recent legislative visit on Capitol Hill by Nashville Ballet’s Paul Vasterling. And then schedule your own, with Dance/USA’s Legislative Director Brandon Gryde.
Few professionals have as keen a need as dancers to stay as healthy and
injury-free as possible, yet health care coverage is by no means
guaranteed in the dance world. The Affordable Care Act seeks to improve
access to health insurance across the country, while also improving the
quality and comprehensiveness of coverage for those who currently have
it. Read on for more on the ACA written for the dancer and dance company.
Most dancers can easily spot a hazardous bobby pin on the studio floor. It’s also important to be aware of a few potential pitfalls when buying health insurance.
February 08, 2013 · 6 Comments
The Child's Bill of Rights in Dance requests equal access and opportunity for all persons in the United States regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, interest or ability. Dr. Radi Shafie recently posted a petition on the White House website seeking 100,000 signatures to support the bill of rights. Read on to learn more.
September 11, 2012 · 1 Comment
While funding for the NEA continues to be a flagship issue for the arts community, alternative proposals to the current charitable giving incentives could impact a larger number of dance organizations. It surprises many to find out that the majority of Dance/USA's visits to Capitol Hill are to talk about charitable giving incentives.
If you wish to conduct legislative visits in Washington, D.C., outside of Arts Advocacy Day, Dance/USA’s Government Affairs Department will schedule your meetings, prepare you with talking points and leave-behind materials, and accompany you during the meetings.
It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when we stay so busy putting out fires and keeping a dozen balls in the air at once. But as dancers, arts managers, and company directors, we shouldn’t discount the importance of forging and solidifying relationships with our government officials on the local, state, and national levels.
It’s important to remember that arts advocates are not only lobbying for increased appropriations for the National Endowment for the Arts. We’re also working on policies for tax, technology, education, and international exchange.