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    March 11, 2020
  COVID-19, Concert Cancellations, and Congressional Action  
  March 11, 2020

Community by community, the impact of COVID-19 is variable and rapidly changing. As Congress and the Administration consider new forms of federal economic assistance that may be targeted or widespread, artists and performing arts groups can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs.
  • In the interest of public health and in compliance with local health advisories, many arts organizations are canceling or curtailing performances, educational offerings, and other public events.
  • The unexpected loss of event-dependent revenue, income for artists, and declines in charitable contributions is beginning to come into focus and will grow over time.
  • Federal relief in response to COVID-19 should ensure that the needs of nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists are addressed.
Whether you choose to take action through our online campaign to Congress, or you opt to weigh in directly with local district staff, we urge you to be as specific as you can about the current and projected impact on yourself or organization. Congress needs to hear from as many constituents as possible that COVID-19 relief should be made accessible to nonprofit arts organizations and artists. 
 
As opportunities for federal relief do become available, your elected officials will likely be key partners in helping you to gain access, so it is doubly important to tend to these relationships now by initiating a conversation on this topic.

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, has assembled important resources relating to Coronavirus, and they continue to monitor the situation and share developing news. Please click this link to access information from ArtsReady.

 
The Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) is a 501c4 multi-disciplinary coalition of national service organizations from the professional nonprofit performing arts field. Through legislative and grassroots action, PAA advocates before the U.S. Congress and key policy makers for national policies that enhance and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.