Ways to Save

Save on Registration Rates

Advance Registration Discounts

To get the lowest rates, register before the advance registration deadline on May 29, 2015!

Group Discount

Bring six or more attendees from one organization that register at the same time, and get rewarded with a special rate of $350 per registration.

  • All registrations must be completed by paper forms and submitted together along with a single, all-inclusive payment. Please make sure to complete one form for each participating registrant.
  • Group registration rates will be offered until the Advance deadline of May 29, 2015. Registrations received after will be a prevailing rate.
One-Day Registrations

Short on time, but still want to take advantage of the awesome convention programming? Only pay for one day!

One-day registrations are available for $225. You can use a one-day registration to attend the events on either Friday, June 12; Saturday, June 13; or Sunday, June 14. Limit one one-day registration per person; one-day registrations cannot be combined to create a two-day registration. One-day registrations also include any special events occurring on those dates. (Please note that some special events require additional registration and separate fees).

Become a Member

Americans for the Arts would like to say thank you to all of our professional members by offering special discounts. There are designated professional member rates available for both main convention and preconference registrations. This year’s Annual Convention also features a members-only reception. Members will enjoy spending time networking with friends and colleagues before exploring the city on a free night.

The Little Prince

Not sure if you’re a professional member or not? Contact the membership team at membership@artsusa.org or 202.371.2830.

Not a member? Join Americans for the Arts and save! Becoming a member of Americans for the Arts means more than just access to services, programs, and resources designed especially for you—it also includes a substantial discount on registration for the 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.

With memberships starting at only $50, becoming a professional member of Americans for the Arts makes good business sense. Discounted registration savings for the 2015 Annual Convention alone is $80!

Americans for the Arts Professional Membership benefits include access to:

  • FREE webinars plus a member discount on registration for convention and other events throughout the year,
  • Arts Link magazine and Monthly Wire e-newsletter,
  • Members-only listservs on a variety of topics such as public art, emerging leaders, and arts education,
  • Up-to-date information on the field,
  • And much more!

Become a member today and register for the 2015 Annual Convention all at once! Fill out the paper registration form and follow the registration instructions. Attendees will not be able to become a member and register for the convention at the same time online. This can only be done by paper form.


Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a limited number of volunteer opportunities to help offset the cost of the convention registration fees for current Americans for the Arts professional members. Volunteers who work during the convention receive a discounted registration rate of $250 for the full convention. However, in order to be considered you must register at the prevailing convention rate. You will be reimbursed post-convention for the difference after successful completion of your volunteer duties.

Please note: Volunteers will be given assignments prior to arrival. However, Americans for the Arts reserves the right to change or make new assignments as needed. Volunteer recipients must submit a social security number or a Federal ID number in order to receive their reimbursement.

Download the Volunteer Application Form

Preconference Discounted Rates

Combine & Save

When purchasing both a preconference and full convention registration, you save $75 on our preconference registration rate! Combine and save!

Membership Benefits for Preconference Attendees!

All professional members of Americans for the Arts can save an extra $50 on their preconference fees. See the registration form for member rates.

Travel & Housing Discounts

Save more on published room rates when you book at the headquarters hotel, the Sheraton Chicago! Americans for the Arts has negotiated a non-public room rate lower than any published rate at the Sheraton Chicago over our meeting dates!

Cut Housing Costs - Get a Roommate!

Cut your housing costs in half! Interested in sharing a room with another conference attendee to help reduce the cost of attending the convention? Just mark the Roommate Referral Box on the registration form and we'll send you a list of other interested attendees.

To be eligible for the program, your registration form must be received no later than April 3, 2015. Hotel rooms fill fast so we suggest that all attendees make housing arrangements when they register and once a roommate is identified, cancel the reservation that is no longer needed.

Americans for the Arts has a travel partner, MacNair Travel who can provide you with discounts on air travel. We have also partnered with Delta and United Airlines to offer discounts on travel to the convention. Click here for more details!

Other Ways to Save


A variety of scholarship opportunities are available to attend the convention. Americans for the Arts is offering a limited number of scholarships to arts leaders. You will also find that many statewide and regional arts agencies offer scholarships for people in their service areas to attend the convention.

New this year, we have created a special scholarship category to subsidize the participation of up to five practicing artists who wish to attend – make sure to check it out!

Visit our scholarship page for details on these opportunities.

Other Funding Opportunities

Need more options? Americans for the Arts has comprised a list of state arts agencies offering professional development grants. Click on any of the links below to find out more information on how you can apply.

  1. North Dakota Arts Council’s Professional Development Grants
  2. Nevada Arts Council’s Professional Development Grants
  3. Regional Arts & Cultural Council’s Professional Development Grants
  4. Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Professional Development Grants
  5. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’s Professional Arts Development Grants