Advocacy Updates
Advocacy Alert: Save the NEA
Friday, February 16, 2018 12:00 AM

President Trump's FY19 Budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts


Dear Members,

The White House has released its FY19 Budget calling for the elimination of The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

Earlier this week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that it has awarded $3 million to 149 theatres and a total of $24 million to 936 nonprofit arts organizations throughout the country in its first round of grants for 2019.

The President claims that he is trying to reduce domestic spending, but these cuts will actually hurt the Federal Economy. The NEA accounts for only .004 percent of the Federal Budget while every dollar awarded by the NEA generates $7 in private funding! The NEA stimulates local economies by supporting dozens of small, local businesses and providing free arts education to students and seniors!




Let's make our voices heard.
Alert your Board and Staff and ask them to call their elected officials!


Call your Congressman and tell them:
  1. how much money you get from the NEA;

  2. how much private funding matches it; and

  3. how many audiences members you serve.
Remind your Congressperson that cutting the NEA funding will have a limited impact on the Federal Budget, but will be a tremendous loss to the Arts, especially in New York City!




Call the Congressperson who represents your theatre AND the Congressperson you vote for!


To find out the name of your Congressperson go to:


Please ask your board members, friends, and family in other states to call as well.







Advocacy Alert: Proposed Tax Bill and Charitable Donations
Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Call Your Senators about the proposed Tax Reform Bills!

There has been a great deal of activity in Congress as both houses work on developing a Tax Bill. The House has already passed their bill. The Senate’s bill is somewhat different, but both of them, if passed as is, could dramatically reduce the amount of contributions nonprofits receive from individuals.

  1. The House and Senate recommend doubling the Standard Tax Deduction which would eliminate charitable deductions for 95% of Americans.
  2. This will cost nonprofits a loss of $12-20 BILLION in Charitable Donations
A RAY OF HOPE: Universal Charitable Giving Act

On Tuesday, November 14, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Senate companion to the Universal Charitable Giving Act, which was originally introduced by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) in the House in October. The bill would extend an above-the-line charitable deduction to non-itemizers that would be capped at one-third of the standard deduction. So, although nothing was included in the Senate tax package that would ensure more Americans have access to a tax benefit for charitable giving, Sen. Lankford’s universal charitable a deduction bill can still be considered by the full Senate, and perhaps even included in their final tax reform bill.

But it won’t happen without your help.

Momentum for tax reform is at a level not seen in 30 years and in its current iteration, charities will lose billions of dollars in charitable donations. Contact your senators and urge them to protect charitable giving in the Senate tax reform bill. Explain how doubling of the standard deduction will eliminate the charitable deduction for 95 percent of Americans and result in a loss of $12-20 billion in charitable giving. Tell your senator that the way to avoid this devastating consequence is to expand the charitable deduction to all Americans.

Even though the House has already passed its version of tax reform, contact your representative and relay the same information. The House and Senate versions of tax reform still need to be reconciled and your elected officials need to understand what the current proposals will do to charitable giving. More than ever before, now is the time for you to tell them how tax reform will affect your charities and community.

  1. Tell them to vote NO to DOUBLING THE STANDARD TAX DEDUCTION because doing so will deny 95% of taxpayers the opportunity to itemize their charitable donations; and cost the nonprofit community $12-20 billion in donations.
  2. Urge them to pass the Universal Charitable Giving Act proposed by Senator Lankford and Congressman Walker.
  3. Tell them how many individual donors you have and how much you rely on their support so that you can produce your work for and provide affordable tickets to children and seniors!

You may want to also include these items:

  • Tell them that you do not support a Tax Plan that would, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, increase taxes for every group that earns less than $75,000 a year.
  • Tell your Senators that you do not want the Senate to pass a Tax Bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act! Remind them that many freelance workers and artists need the ACA to get health insurance.


NY: Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430        Kirsten Gillibrand: (212) 688-6262

NJ: Bob Menendez (973) 645-3030          Cory Booker (856) 338-8922

CT: Richard Blumenthal (203) 330-0598   Chris Murphy (860) 549-8463


To find the name and contact information of your representatives go to

Click on the link to get to your Representative's website and call their Washington DC phone number.









Advocacy Alert: White Space
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Protect Access To Wireless Microphone Technology in White Space

Share your support! Copy & Paste these sample tweets:
 We're joining @artny72 in support of an @FCC proceeding to ensure theatres can continue operating wireless mics.
  Theatres need access to White Space, and Microsoft filed a statement with the @FCC to block our access. Learn more:
Dear A.R.T./New York Members,

For the past few years, A.R.T./New York has been part of the Performing Arts Wireless Microphone Working Group in an effort to ensure that the FCC continue to allow nonprofit theatres free access to "white space" so that wireless microphones can be used without interference.

What is "white space"? Wireless microphones, backstage communication, and many sound systems for hearing impaired audiences rely on the "white space" frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. 
On July 3rd, Microsoft filed a statement trying to block our access to "white space".
Here is a link to a statement and a history of our endeavors to protect your "white space", that is on TCG's website:

Please amplify our message by posting our statement below on your websites, and also posting on Twitter and other social media! If you have connections to influential figures who can help spread the word, so much the better!
Please let me know if you have any questions.


A.R.T./New York's Statement


new opportunity for interference protection for wireless microphones used in theatre is possible! To preserve and promote high standards of artistry onstage; safety for stagehands, actors, and audiences; and accessibility for hearing-impaired patrons in our audiences, A.R.T./New York​ supports an imminent FCC proceeding that has been opposed by Microsoft.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold its July Open Meeting and has proposed to consider a new proceeding prompted by petitions filed by Shure and Sennheiser, two wireless microphone manufacturers. This new proceeding would propose permitting certain qualifying professional theatre, music, performing arts organizations, and similar organizations to obtain Part 74 licenses to operate wireless mics based on the applicant’s demonstrated need and requisite professional ability to operate in the bands, even if they routinely use fewer than 50 wireless microphones.

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