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Text that reads "Theatre is a human right and it is essential that we continue to make that case" - Laurie Baskin, TCG's Director of Advocacy, with a call do Donate to TCG; Laurie is also seen smiling at her desk.

My dearest supporters of the American Theatre -

For over twenty years, it’s been my privilege to serve as an advocate for the theatre field at Theatre Communications Group as TCG’s Director of Advocacy. I feel so lucky to have a career I am this passionate about.

Each year I proudly lead a delegation of cultural leaders, artist activists and generous supporters to meet with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill. Together we tell them the story of why theatre is a human right and vital to our communities. We explain that our creative industry is a powerful economic driver and provides an essential home for public discourse.

These visits are effective and invigorating, but the work of advocating for the theatre field is not confined to a single day. TCG works year-round to help ensure the future and vitality of the nonprofit American theatre.

This work is only possible through the dedication of theatre makers like you, who advocate alongside us and donate generously to support these efforts.

With your support, and in coalition with the larger arts community, we have achieved significant advocacy accomplishments over the past year:

  • We have achieved passage of the $16.25 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, and continue to press for the program’s clarity and expedience, while ensuring that the diversity of our membership is eligible for this critical lifeline.
  • We successfully made the case for the inclusion of gig workers and artists in unemployment COVID-19 relief, for nonprofits to be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program funding, for significant relief dollars to be granted through the National Endowment for the Arts – $75 million in CARES Act and $135 million in American Rescue Plan funding – and are now promoting an infrastructure plan that gets cultural workers back to work.
  • We are rising up for racial justice and equity, working to hold ourselves, our lawmakers, and the performing arts field accountable.

TCG depends on generous donors like you to fight for our theatre ecology. Please show your support with a generous contribution today.

In addition to galvanizing crucial relief support, TCG continues to advocate for the long-term health of the field. We strive to safeguard and increase NEA funding, resulting in a $5.25M increase in 2021; promote tax policy that benefits the nonprofit community; encourage improvements to a challenging visa process for international artists; and much, much more. Over the past two years, we’ve dispatched over 11,000 messages through our advocacy alerts, keeping you in the loop on new legislation and providing ways to make your voices heard.
Thank you for heeding the call!

I hope that this work is as important to you as it is to me. Everyone should have access to theatre, and it is essential that we all continue to make that case. Please continue to answer our calls to action, advocate federally and in your local communities, and – if you can – donate to support TCG.

Thank you for helping us build this more just, equitable, and better-resourced world for theatre.

Laurie Baskin
irector of Advocacy
Theatre Communications Group


Video description: TCG Chair Nikkole Salter's message to the field from December 2020.