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Federal Arts Connection

Federal Arts Connection: June 2016

This month’s Federal Arts Connection focuses on agency websites with leads for employment opportunities in the federal government. Jobs USA is the federal government’s primary employment announcement site and hosts civilian opportunities in the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, the Endowments, the Veterans Administration, as well as federal performance facilities funded and managed by the US Department of the Interior. Agencies across the country are looking for music teachers and arts counselors for military base community family recreational programs and music therapists, to name just a few opportunities. Other jobs requiring a specialty in music also exist. Find out how to book yourself or your ensemble In the National Parks, for example. Military music programs not only need instrumentalists, vocalists, conductors, composers, and arrangers from every genre of music, but these units also have positions for audio-recording technicians and other workers whose skills are specific to keeping professional music units operational. All military band jobs require military enlistment and military service. More federal programs will be featured in the July International Musician. If you know of other performance or job opportunities through in federal facilities, drop me a line and we will feature it in this column. If you have photos of you or your ensemble performing at any of these federal facilities, send them to apollard@afm.org. We’ll get them posted.


Jobs USA
(Search music in US Location)

US Department of the Interior
(Search music. There are many of performance opportunities at venues in national parks.)

Carter Barron Amphitheater—Washington, DC

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

(Administrative employment 0pportunities)

Wolf Trap Foundation/Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Administrative employment opportunities.)

National Endowment for the Arts
(Administrative employment opportunities.)


United States Army Bands

West Point Academy Band

United States Navy Bands

United States Naval Academy Band

United States Air Force Bands

United States Air Force Academy Band

United States Marine Band

United States Coast Guard Bands

United States Coast Guard Academy Band

MILITARY TALENT SHOWS (For enlisted personnel only)

US Army “Soldier Show”

US Air Force “Tops in Blue”

US Marines “Marines Got Talent” 29 Palms

Taking Advantage of Federal Arts Resources

This month, we feature a new initiative that the AFM believes will be helpful to members who are looking for expanded opportunities with the federal government. The Federal Arts Connection was born from efforts initiated by AFM President Ray Hair and me to highlight the vast array of arts-related federal programs that members can use to build their professional portfolios.

By now, you have read in the International Musician about Hair’s visits with the leadership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the US Department of State. We are pleased to have been hosted by agency chairs, department directors, and department chiefs, each of whom have recognized the important role the AFM has played historically in the development of arts and entertainment over its 119-year existence. 

Each agency has made a commitment to include the AFM as an important partner in their deliberations and they are excited about including AFM members as a resource. Hence, the Federal Arts Connection project is now an essential part of our work on your behalf. We hope that you will use this resource.  More about this work will be outlined in the “members only” section of the AFM website.

We look forward to hearing your stories about grants awarded to you and about international travel you accomplish under the auspices of the US Government. AFM President Hair and I engage in constant dialogue with agency officials. Please feel free to contact my office if you have questions about this project.  Many thanks for your membership and for your support of our union’s government relations programs.

This first edition of the Federal Arts Connection (below) features a few of the resources available. Additional resources will be unveiled each month.

Dear AFM Member

This is a monthly source for information relating to federal grant making, performance, education, and research opportunities for musicians interested in project funding and international travel as artistic representatives of the US. Though extensive, this list is not exhaustive. Each month we will highlight different federal agencies with arts-related components. We suggest that you make direct contact with local federal agencies, government councils, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to help you identify other possibilities. This list is only a starting point, to successfully engage these opportunities it may be necessary to contact the agency directly for requirement details. The AFM Office of Government Relations is happy to help you identify as many federal resources as possible.



The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance:
(Outlines every federal program offered. Serious researchers can search music, performing arts, and similar keywords to get to the programs listed. For grant writers, in seemingly
unrelated agencies there may be
opportunities for creative thinking about how the arts/music can positively impact American communities.)

The Federal Register
(Search music, arts, culture)
National Endowment for the Arts
National Medal of the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH (Music)

The White House: Music and the Arts
Arts Education
National Medal of The Arts

US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of Note Fulbright Program: www.eca.state.gov/fulbrightexchanges.state.gov/us/special-focus-areas

@ECA_AS (Assistant Secretary)
@FilmShowcase (American Film Showcase)
@UIIWP (International Writing Program)

Exchange Programs At State (ECA)
American Film Showcase
Center Stage (Artists from Abroad)
OneBeat American Music Abroad


Exchanges Videos (ECA)
American Music Abroad