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Advocacy. Unity. Growth.  ArtsGeorgia works year round to provide resources, opportunities and updates to implement these priorities at the local, state and national level.


ArtsGeorgia President Bill Gignilliat with members of the Georgia delegation advocating for increased arts funding for the NEA with Representative John Lewis at the Capitol for National Arts Advocacy Day.

ArtsGeorgia was a National CoSponsor of the Americans for the Arts National Arts Advocacy Day with a special White House briefing in 2013, and is a National CoSponsor of AFTA’s Arts Advocacy Day in 2014.  ArtsGeorgia published the first comprehensive advocacy resource for artists, arts administrators and arts advocates in 2013 with the new handbook, ArtsGeorgia Official Arts Advocacy Handbook– 2013, distributed for free as a sponsor of the 2013 Georgia Arts Advocacy Day; now revised, the ArtsGeorgia Official Arts Advocacy Handbook – 2014 is available as a benefit of membership, by email request, or you can print the pdf version from the website at ArtsGeorgia Publications or Advocacy Tools.

Arts Advocacy – what you can do today!

1. Join the AFTA Arts Action Fund

Join to advance the arts and arts education in your community and across the country.  The Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund annual membership is free and your online benefits include:

  • Membership to vote on the legislative policy platforms
  • Breaking news and legislative alerts from the e-advocacy center
  • Quarterly updates through Arts Action e News
  • Exclusive access to the member’s only Arts Action Fund PAC

Be part of the movement to guarantee healthy arts funding and arts education in America.
Join the Arts Action Fund

2. Apply for a DUNS Number

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) keeps track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide through its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). In recent years, the DUNS number has become increasingly important to both federal and local governments, and national arts organizations. Two events have occurred that reflect the importance of arts organizations obtaining a DUNS number.

First, the federal government, including the National Endowment for the Arts, has recently adopted a new policy that requires all organizations to provide a DUNS number as part of their grant applications and proposals (South Arts requires as it re-grants federal funds).

Second, Americans for the Arts has created an annual research initiative – the Creative Industries Project – it uses DUNS numbers to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. This information is used to increase awareness of the national scope of the arts industry and provide a way to advance the arts at the state and national level.

As a result of these actions, many grantors require that all applicants have a DUNS number and include it on all applications. There is no fee for registering for a DUNS number. Organizations may register  online.

Online registration has been expedited, it no longer takes 30 days,  it is still important you begin the process now. If you call 1-866-705-5711 you will be referred to this site:

You will be asked to provide the following information (subject to minor changes):

• Legal name of organization

• Physical address (and PO Box if you have one)

• Telephone number

• Web address

• Name of the authorizing official (e.g., president, director, etc.)

• The purpose of your organization (e.g., non-profit dance company to perform and create work)

• Total number of employees

Your organization can register for a DUNS number via D&B’s Web site. Choose the “DUNS number only” option at the top in the yellow header.   Note that registration via the website that used to take up to 30 business days to complete has now been expedited and will take only one day.

3. Review ArtsGeorgia’s advocacy resources and tools found on the drop down menus.

A. Download a free copy of the ArtsGeorgia Official Arts Advocacy Handbook – 2013.

You will find contact information for members of the Georgia General Assembly and other elected officials.

B. Subscribe to ArtsGeorgia’s communication options: ArtsGeorgia Listserve, Arts Communication Consortium, the ArtsGeorgia State of the Arts newsletter,

or contact us to participate in or attend the Georgia Arts Congress.

C. Use Americans for the Arts capwiz tool to find your Congressional representatives, local media and press,

and to receive advocacy alerts. AFTA Advocacy:

AFTA E-Advocacy Center: