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Associations, fellowships, foundations, institutions, societies, alliances, guilds, agencies, councils, and other organizations whose chief mission relates to entertainment or the arts are the focus of this portion of our guide.

However, when a more specific category exists, such as Agents & Agencies in the Entertainment category, Organizations & Associations in the Literature category, and Professional Associations in the Music category, the online resource would be placed in the more specific category. In other words, an organization focused on literature, but not other arts and entertainment topics would be listed in the Professional Associations subcategory of the Literature category.

Local organizations, such as an arts association created to encourage and support the arts in a particular town or county, should be listed in the Local & Global category relating to that town or county. State arts and entertainment organizations could be listed both in this category and the corresponding category for that state.

Generally, arts organizations are created to further the interests of artists, creators, other arts organizations, and elements of the arts and entertainment community. The organization's activities might include policy development, advocacy, the provision of professional services, and the production of collective projects. They may also serve as a de facto patron, assisting artists in obtaining funding for art projects and needs, or they might advocate for artists at the legislative levels, arguing for public funding for the arts.

Typically, arts organizations do not produce their own art, although individual members of the organization are likely to include artists. Rather, they support the production of arts by others.

Three primary forms of arts service organizations are government arts agencies, independent foundations and organizations, and non-arts specific business support organizations, and they would vary in structure and how they support artists, as well as the specific ways in which they provide that support.

Government arts agencies are supported by public funding and generally provide support for artists through federal grants. The National Endowment for the Arts is an example.

Often affiliated with a federally sponsored agency, state arts councils provide funding for artists at the state and local levels, and often serve as a cooperative between neighboring states. Examples include the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Maine Arts Commission.

Private, non-government-funded organizations and foundations support artists in a variety of ways, which may include peer-to-peer workshops, art gallery exhibitions, shared creative spaces, sponsorships and grants, fiscal sponsorship, and business consulting, among others. Arts Boston is an example.

Business support organizations might be geared to a wider audience than the arts and entertainment communities, but may also offer resources, tools, and business consulting services that can be helpful to an artist's career.

The missions of many of these organizations are likely to overlap, this presents additional benefits to the arts and entertainment community, which may include grant writing, crowdfunding programs, networking, and connections with other funding opportunities.

Often local but sometimes encompassing a wider area, art guilds are membership organizations of artists and others within the arts community that can provide networking opportunities, workshops, community outreach programs, and marketing opportunities for members through art fairs and shared exhibitions.

Likewise, non-profit entertainment associations and organizations might represent creators, developers, designers, and producers of various forms of entertainment, supporting those in the entertainment fields in many the same ways as would the corresponding arts organizations, including awards, recognitions, and opportunities to develop new professional contacts, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of a variety of attractions, member open houses, educational seminars, and workshops. The Themed Entertainment Association is an example.

Entertainment guilds, associations, societies, and organizations, such as the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, advance their respective industries, as a whole, as well as their individual memberships.

Other organizations have been created to advance the involvement of women, people of color, or other specific groups of people. Examples include the Alliance for Women in Media, and the African American Film Critics Association.

Although sports are a large part of the entertainment industry, we have a separate category for Sports & Recreation.



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