professional member benefits
Professional membership with Americans for the Arts has many benefits and rewards. Take a moment to explore all of the services that we can offer you with your Americans for the Arts membership!
Americans for the Arts' quarterly magazine, Arts Link, provides valuable news and information for arts professionals on the leading topics of the day. All members receive Arts Link as a part of their membership.
Committed to expanding your professional skills and knowledge, but can't always travel to meetings and presentations? Americans for the Arts is pleased to be able to provide high quality online professional development at no additional cost to our professional members. Members can participate in live webinars or download archived webinars to view at your convenience.
Throughout the year, members may receive notifications on special reports, addressing specific issues and solutions. In addition, any member can access archived electronic copies of the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art and Policy, as well as Americans for the Arts' Monograph series.
Americans for the Arts offers our members the exclusive opportunity to participate in more than six dynamic listservs. Listserv groups include Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, Local Arts Network (LAN), Public Art (PAN), Private Sector, State Arts Action Network (SAAN), United Arts Fund (UAF), and United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). Members can subscribe to the listservs by logging in to the secure website, then clicking on 'Resources for Members' on the left side bar.
Networks, Peer Groups, and Councils
Americans for the Arts connects members who have like interests through its councils, networks, and peer groups. Peer groups are centered on interests and/or profession, such as creative economy or grantmaking. These groups meet face to face during the annual convention and communicate year-round through members-only listservs and conference calls.
Professional Member Networks
- Arts Education Network
- Emerging Leaders Network
- Local Arts Network
- Private Sector Network
- Public Art Network
- Small Communities and Rural Arts Network
National Peer Leadership Networks
- Arts Education Council
- Emerging Leaders Council
- Private Sector Council
- Public Art Network (PAN) Council
Access to Staff Experts
Americans for the Arts has a wealth of on staff expertise that can address a wide variety of arts advancement subjects. As an Americans for the Arts member you can take advantage of our vast knowledge and resources in the field of local arts advancement. Need help making the case in your community? Contact us and we'll help provide the essential tools for success.
Americans for the Arts has teamed up with several organizations to bring their programming to our members at a discounted rate. Whether it's continuing education or a special rate for products, we work hard to forge relationships that add even more incentive to our membership program. To learn more about our partnerships and the added perks of an Americans for the Arts membership, please contact email@example.com.
Each year in June, Americans for the Arts convenes the largest annual gathering of arts and community leaders to explore critical issues in the arts. The annual convention provides invaluable peer-to-peer networking opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers, and enlightening skill-building workshops. Americans for the Arts members receive a discount on registration fees to the convention and are eligible for scholarships and volunteer opportunities.
National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference
Every Novemeber, the NAMP Conference draws attendees from all over the world who represent a broad spectrum of arts disciplines and organizations. Conference sessions provide attendees with information, tools, and techniques to achieve concrete marketing and audience development results. Americans for the Arts members receive a discount on registration fees to the NAMP Conference and are eligible for scholarships and volunteer opportunities.
NAMP Custom Workshop Discounts
Organizational members at the Preferred level and higher receive 10 percent off hosting a National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) custom workshops to address the specific marketing needs of arts organizations in their communities.
"My organization hosted a NAMP Advanced Marketing Boot Camp in 2009. The course material was relevant, fresh, unique, and presented in a fun and interesting manner by a variety of diverse speakers and Americans for the Arts employees. The overall experience was AMAZING and I HIGHLY recommend anyone in the arts marketing field immediately sign up for a National Arts Marketing Project workshop!"
—Kevin Seaman, Program Assistant, Arts and Culture, The San Francisco Foundation
Americans for the Arts Job Bankis the premier electronic recruitment resource in the arts field. Searching jobs and posting resumes is free, and Americans for the Arts members can post jobs at a discounted price!
What public art programs are available in your area? Where are United Arts Funds located around the country? Which local arts agencies near you serve artists? Find solutions to these questions and more by searching our online Member Directory. Conduct searches of organizational and individual members by organization name, service area, or geographically.
The Americans for the Arts Online Store offers a bevy of the most critical nonprofit arts resources. Americans for the Arts members receive a 10–25 percent discount on all Store purchases.
Savings on Arts Management Publications
Americans for the Arts members are eligible to receive discounts of 20–30 percent on arts management publications. These journals are key resources for arts administrators, arts education professionals, public art managers, and artists.
- Arts Education Policy Review, published by Heldref Publications
- Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, published by Heldref Publications
- Public Art Review, published by FORECAST Public Artworks
Business Volunteers for the Arts Program Eligibility
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a national program operated by a network of organizations around the country under the leadership of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. BVA affiliates in cities around the country recruit and train business professionals to be placed as pro bono management consultants with nonprofit arts groups. BVA volunteers address projects from strategic planning and marketing to information systems, human resources, and financial management, while arts organizations develop relationships with business executives that can lead to new board members, development of in-kind resources, and funding. Members at the Core level and above are eligible to become a BVA affiliate.