The House Education and Labor Committee of the US House of Representatives held a hearing recently to look at the economy's affect on the arts industry. Interesting presentations can be found here. Americans for the Arts president Robert Lynch's report summarizes the message from our field.
The big news here is-- THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT US. Major progress, yes artists are self-employed or receive salaries from arts organizations! The fact that the arts are even on the radar shows that the arts are getting on the national agenda, due to much hard work by people across the country working together to make our voices heard. You can join the national arts advocacy efforts and learn about communicating the value of the arts here.