Continue Your Advocacy with Membership 

Arts advocacy is a year-round effort, and an Americans for the Arts Membership offers arts professionals like you tools and resources all year. We serve more than 5,000 individuals representing over 1,000 organizations across the United States. Our members are nonprofits and for-profits, government agencies and collectives, artists, consultants, students and educators, and everything in between.

When you join Americans for the Arts, you gain access not only to our research and information, but also to professionals just like you who hold the key to any challenges you may be facing.

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The Member Networks

Membership connects you with your peers through our membership networks. Find the networks that match your work, join our listserv forums, attend more professional development, and access resources designed for you.

Local Arts Network

The Local Arts Network provides a space for members to discuss the successes and challenges that local arts agencies face across the nation.


Our members are:

  • Local Arts Agencies
  • Community Development Organizations
  • Grantmaking Organizations and Agencies
  • Local Arts Policymakers
  • Rural and Small Community Arts Organizations
  • State Arts Agencies 
Arts Education Network

The Arts Education Network provides arts education professionals with professional development opportunities and tools and resources needed to strengthen arts education in their own communities.  


Our members are:

  • Arts Administrators
  • Teaching Artists
  • School Administrators Representatives from Higher Education
Emerging Leaders Network

Emerging Leaders Network identifies and cultivates the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is an ideal way for new leaders to share their interests with other arts professionals as they develop their skills and their commitment to the arts.


Our members are:

  • Arts Professionals who are 35 years or younger or who have been in the field five years or less
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Students
  • Professionals who are transitioning into local arts administration from another sector
How to Join!

Find the individual or organization level right for you and join at

Have Questions?
Call us at (202) 371-2830 or email Our membership team is available from 9 AM - 5 PM EST, Monday - Friday to assist with whatever you need. 

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Americans for the Arts Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts. The Arts Action Fund is the largest grassroots arts advocacy network in America advancing the arts on both the electoral and legislative landscapes to promote more vibrant and livable communities throughout the country.  The Arts Action Fund’s goal is to enlist and mobilize citizen activists that will help ensure that arts-friendly public policies are adopted at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition, the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) provides direct support to pro-arts federal House and Senate candidates.  The Arts Action Fund PAC strives to support as many Democratic and Republican pro-arts candidates as possible in all 50 states.  Through the Arts Action Fund PAC, 100% of contributed funds directly support the campaigns of pro-arts federal candidates.  Just as your voice is stronger in a chorus with others, your support for pro-arts candidates will be stronger with others too.  By pooling pro-arts contributions into larger donations, we can provide worthy candidates with more impactful funding than most are able to give individually. What we accomplish in the future will help us towards our long-term goal for the future–a future where the federal government invests at least $1 per citizen in the nonprofit arts and local governments invest 5% of their local education budgets in arts education. We can continue to have an influence on Capitol Hill, but we can only do it with the financial support of our members.  The Arts Action Fund is the only national bipartisan voice for the arts that dedicates 100% of its time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America.

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