Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does the Annual Convention cost?

Full access to the five-day virtual event costs $49 for members and $149 for non-members.

  Member Rate Non-member Rate
Full Access $49 $149

Members at the Basic and Colleague Level or higher can take advantage of the member rate. The member rate is not available to Digital Members.

We are pleased to offer scholarships for the 2021 Annual Convention. If you are interested in applying, see details below under the Scholarships section.

How do I register for the 2021 Annual Convention?

To register for the event, click here for the registration webpage.

For questions or assistance with registration, please contact

Members and non-members are invited to register for the 2021 Annual Convention!

To register you must have or create an account with Americans for the Arts. If you have an account, click the LOG IN button, enter your username and password, and continue to check out. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you can return to your cart to complete your registration for the event.

To create an account, visit this page and follow the instructions.

How do I become a Member and take advantage of the discount?

You or your organization can become a member of Americans for the Arts by joining online, calling us at 202.371.2830, or emailing Learn more about the variety of member levels and the professional development opportunities, networking, and resources included with your membership.

Members at the Basic and Colleague Level or higher can take advantage of the member rate at Annual Convention. The member rate is not available to Digital Members.

To apply membership discounts to your Annual Convention registration, please become a member before registering for the conference. Once your membership is active, you can register here {registration link} and take advantage of the discount.

How do I register a group for the Annual Convention?

We are able to offer group registrations for organizations or universities looking to have multiple attendees gain access to our virtual content. In order to register as a group–a request for group registration of four or more registrants from one organization or school must be submitted to Following that request, an invoice for the group will be created and once the invoice is paid everyone in the group will receive instructions and a link to be able to access the virtual conference platform once opened.

How do I access the live event?

To access the live event, an email will be sent with a link and instructions on logging in once the convention platform is live. This link will be your portal to all the features, content and live/on-demand content provided.

What if my schedule changes and I can't make an event?

All sessions for the virtual event will be recorded and available for replay after the live event. We do our best to have on-demand content available within 1-2 weeks after the close of the live programming. To access the archived recordings, return to the conference platform and locate the box on the right-hand side with the title of the event. Click on the button and the video will open. For further assistance, please see the Tech assistance button on the convention platform or contact

What is your commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility for this virtual event?

To support a full creative life for all, we at Americans for the Arts commit to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation. We are committed to making our meetings and events as safe, equitable, and inclusive as possible. Attendees needing accommodations may contact us at to specify their needs for the virtual event.

In addition, we have enacted improved opportunities for all to fully participate:

  • We also record and archive all our virtual presentations (including Keynotes and Sessions) for all those registered to access post-event.
  • Americans for the Arts will live caption all our presentations and provide transcripts (when possible) after the event.

Are there any scholarship opportunities available to attend the Annual Convention?

This year, we are thrilled to offer a number of scholarship opportunities for those unable to access resources for a paid registration to attend the 2021 Annual Convention. We strongly encourage those that identify as, reside in, and/or directly serve communities of color, rural populations, audiences with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, and/or marginalized audiences to submit a request for scholarship. Additionally, there are practicing artist and general scholarships available for request. Priority will be given to members for Americans for the Arts. For an in-depth list of opportunities, visit the Annual Convention Scholarships page. The deadline to submit a request for a scholarship is Monday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. ET. For questions, please contact Jerelle Jenkins at For questions regarding your membership status, please write to or call 202.371.2830 to speak with our membership staff.

To submit a request for scholarship, you can access the form here.

Americans for the Arts Policies & Procedures

By registering for the 2021 Annual Convention, you agree to our event Policies & Procedures and Code of Conduct. Read the full Americans for the Arts Policies & Procedures and Code of Conduct here.