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The current state of affairs: The Budget Bill (HB 76) was passed by both houses, but with some differences between them. A Conference Committee os 3 Senators and 3 Representatives was set up to work through the differences. The Senate Bill included an additional $300,000... [+] more
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Each August, Members of Congress travel to the congressional districts and states they represent for an extended work period - making it a great time to invite your Representative and Senators to arts gatherings, exhibition openings, performances, educational workshops and... [+] more
Each August, Members of Congress travel to the congressional districts and states they represent for an extended work period - making it a great time to invite your Representative and Senators to arts gatherings, exhibition openings, performances, educational workshops and other events to show them first-hand the power of the arts in your community. One of the best ways to connect with your Member of Congress is to have them visit your institution to experience where all your great work takes place. Having your Member of Congress attend such an event allows them to learn more about your organization and is one of the most effective ways to develop a connection with their office.

We are pleased to offer you a customizable sample invitation to send to your Representative and Senators. Simply enter your zip code in one of the designated boxes and then customize your invitation using the template we have provided as well as your own language.

Please note that the House district work period is from July 31 until September 7 while the Senate work period is from August 10 until September 7.
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The nonprofit arts community, like other charitable sectors, relies on the generosity of individual donations from people of every income level who believe the public good is served by supporting charitable organizations. For nearly 100 years, the charitable deduction has... [+] more
The nonprofit arts community, like other charitable sectors, relies on the generosity of individual donations from people of every income level who believe the public good is served by supporting charitable organizations. For nearly 100 years, the charitable deduction has been one of the primary sources of revenue for arts and culture by incentivizing giving with a modest federal tax deduction.

As Congress and the President struggled with addressing federal budget deficits, the deduction has been discussed as one possible way to increase revenue by either capping the value of the deduction to the taxpayer, reforming it or by elimination of the benefit.

Tax reform continues to be one of the issues that Congress is working on this year. Please take the opportunity to urge your member of Congress to preserve charitable incentives.

For further information on the arts and tax reform, please refer to our Issue Brief in the Congressional Arts Handbook. [-] less
It is a crucial time in Washington for arts education. Reauthorization of long-expired federal K-12 education law is now headed for votes in the Senate and renewed consideration in the House. Starting on July 7th, the Senate is expected to take up the Every Child Achieves... [+] more
This week, key decisions affecting arts funding are getting made. Last night, the House Rules Committee met to set parameters for floor debate on legislation that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other cultural agencies, including the Smithsonian and... [+] more
We are pleased to offer you a customizable "Letter to the Editor" to send to your local media. Simply enter your zip code in one of the designated boxes, select the media outlets to which you'd like to send your piece, then customize your letter using the talking points we... [+] more
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