Dear APAP Members and Colleagues,

First of all, I hope you are safe and well.

Since I began as President and CEO of your membership organization just a few weeks ago, I've immersed myself in working with the team and in meeting many of you. I appreciate the warm welcome and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Although I've been quite busy, I wanted to take this moment to give you an important update.

The U.S. Congress is back in session this week and is finalizing negotiations on the next COVID-19 relief package as well as laying the groundwork for the FY21 budget priorities. APAP has been working steadily with its advocacy partners to raise up the wide-ranging issues that impact the performing arts.

But first, I wanted to share this BREAKING news: Yesterday, Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the " Save Our Stages " Act that makes available dedicated relief to the live arts and entertainment industry and that will benefit many of our commercial and non-profit members, including venues, producers, promoters and agents. You can read more about it here .

We know the importance of advocating on your behalf. We have boldly voiced our support of the following funding and policy priorities:

  • Additionally, the arts sector continues to collectively advocate for COVID-19 relief, including a second round of the Paycheck Protection Plan, non-employer business support, more inclusive and fully accessible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, tax credits, stimulus funding to the states, liability and workforce/public health policy, and arts in education. We are currently working on a joint statement to follow up on our last advocacy statement.

With many relief programs expiring in the coming weeks, it is more important than ever that you join in the advocacy effort for dedicated funding for the performing arts as well as relief and policy that truly supports arts organizations and arts workers.

You can take action now through our joint campaign , or you can review the letters above for the issues that speak to you most and contact your representatives directly .

To view the latest advocacy efforts APAP is conducting on your behalf and to access the COVID-19-related resources, visit our frequently updated COVID-19 resource page and our dedicated  government relief page .

We are here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Lisa Richards Toney
President and CEO, APAP