Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Favorite OOB Advocacy Groups

Creating theatre can be a tough game. There may be times when you feel over whelmed and like you are out there on your own. However, there are lots of organizations that have your back, are advocating on your behalf and are cheering you on.

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY)
A.R.T./NY provides many resources and opportunities for the Off-Off-Broadway community through its four core programs: Funding, Training, Space, and Connections. However it also acts as an advocate, helping to educate and engage key elected officials and civic leaders about the needs of the NYC theatre community.

League of Independent Theatre (LIT)
The League of Independent Theater is a 501(c) 6 advocacy organization for the creators and practitioners of Independent theater in New York City. LIT activities include advocating for funding, preservation of venues, negotiating with unions and developing relationships with elected officials.

New York Artists Equity Association (NYAEA)
For 60 years NYAEA has been a resource network and a support group. "Its primary purpose is to disseminate information regarding legislation and legal rights, all in the interest of effectively addressing "survival" issues specifically relevant to artists."

New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)
Founded in 1927, NYCON is a membership-based organization. They provide legal and financial advice and support, development training, and technical assistance.

Arts NYS Coalition
The Arts NYS Coalition  is a group of colleagues who joined together to ensure that the public has access to information on the state of the arts in New York State. In addition to disseminating information, they also help arts organizations understand how legislation will effect them, they help craft a unified message on behalf of those organizations, and they plan state-wide advocacy events that allow the community to share that message with their legislators.

Women in Arts & Media
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition addresses issues of concern to women in the arts, media, and new media through advocacy, networking, and events.  

Americans for the the Arts
Americans for the Arts endeavors to maximize the impact of arts in the U.S. and to ensure that they are always represented in local and national legislation. They focus their efforts on advocacy, research, leadership programs and creating connections for artists across the country.

Americans for the Arts is hosting Arts Advocacy Day on March 24th in Washington D.C. It is a great way to participate in an organized advocacy effort, to learn about the policies that will be affecting you and to join with other artists from around the country to make your voice heard.
Learn more about Arts Advocacy Day.

Community Boards
Many of the Community Boards throughout NYC have committees dedicated to arts and culture. These committees make sure to weigh the impact of board decisions on the arts and culture in their neighborhoods. We would encourage all artists to consider joining a community board.
     Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Join A Community Board.
     Find your Community Board now

There are many advocacy organizations that support Off-Off-Broadway. Did we miss any?  Let us know.

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