The Dance/USA Dance Presenters membership category is open to presenters of all dance forms, organizational size and structure that meet the following criteria:
- Have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status and are able to show evidence of professional status orientation
- Maintain a paid administrative staff of at least one
- Have been in continuous operation for at least two years
- Maintain an on-going performance activity
*If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you may still be eligible for membership. Please contact the director of member services via email or at 202.833.1717 for more information.
Members in this category are invited to actively participate in the Presenters Council, a Standing Council with representation and voting rights on the Board of Trustees. The council exists to provide a forum for peer-to-peer exchanges in issues affecting the touring and presenting of dance, as well as dialogue about issues affecting the broader dance community.
To become a member of Dance/USA, simply fill out our online form. You will be added to our database and begin receiving member benefits immediately. The Dance/USA membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. Dues for new members joining in the middle of the year will be pro-rated on a quarterly basis*. Dance Presenter members may choose to establish a payment plan for their membership dues. All memberships are renewable annually on July 1 and dues are invoiced during the month of May. Please contact the director of member services with any questions regarding the membership program and benefits, the application process, or dues payments.
Dues are calculated based on an organization’s artists fees for presenting dance and are as follows:
- Artists fees under $100,000: $350 /year
- Artists fees $100,001–$250,000: $400 /year
- Artists fees $250,001–$500,000: $475 /year
- Artists fees $500,001 and up: $550 /year
*For new members joining in the middle of the year, dues are prorated on a quarterly basis. Any payment(s) made on membership dues are non-refundable.
Benefits marked with an * are extended to all permanent employees of the organization. Employees should contact the director of member services to inquire about any of these benefits.
- Subscription to The Spin—a bi-weekly e-newsletter and the Member Bulletin—a monthly listing of jobs, auditions, grants, and other opportunities; organizational members are invited to submit news items and job announcements complimentary for these e-newsletters and to appear on the Dance/USA website*
- Access to the member-exclusive Presenters Google Group*
- Visibility on Dance/USA’s website, including a link to your organization’s website
- Quarterly updates on Dance/USA’s activities from Executive Director Amy Fitterer*
- Participation on quarterly Council Calls to connect with your colleagues to discuss current issues and trends in the field*
- Membership in the Performing Arts Alliance, the premiere advocacy organization for the not-for-profit performing arts*
- Representation on Capitol Hill and assistance with scheduling visits to federally elected officials*
- A complimentary registration for one staff member from your organization to participate in Arts Advocacy Day, an annual convening of the arts community to advocate for the importance of the arts*
- Complimentary peer consultation letters for foreign artists and groups filing to obtain visas from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service when the presenter is the petitioner or beneficiary.
- Arm yourself with tools to advocate for dance!
- Join our Dance Advocacy Network to increase the sharing of advocacy information, develop tools and resources for effective dance advocacy, and inspire other citizens to advocate for this wonderful art form. If you have questions about the Network, contact Brendon Gryde, our government affairs director*
- Now that you’re a part of the movement to strengthen dance in America, you need to have your very own pocket-size advocacy resource on dance! Pocket Advocacy is a bi-fold card, the size of a traditional business card, which can be referenced on short notice for quick advocacy facts. To request your Pocket Advocacy today, contact the director of member services*