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Advocacy makes a difference. Our federal, state and city budgets are tight. Many worthy causes compete for public dollars. Our job as arts advocates is to communicate with our elected officials about how the arts provide a public benefit and are an important investment into the state's economy.
Advocacy is providing active support and education in favor of a cause, issue or organization. Lobbying is a specialized kind of advocacy that refers to the attempt to influence specific legislation through communication with a legislator or a legislative staff member.
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Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading arts advocacy organization, employing professional lobbyists who are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Partnering with local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country allows Americans for the Arts to reach their goals and provide industry knowledge and professional development opportunities.