Phone calls can be used when it is impossible to schedule an in-person meeting or if you are on a short timeline. If the policymaker is unavailable, you may speak with a member of their staff. In such cases you can still make an impact and get the answers to your questions. Calls should be brief and should clearly define your ask. If you are making a defined ask to a legislator, you might encourage others to call as well. Legislative staff usually keep a tally of calls before an important vote.
Hello, my name is [NAME]. I am a(n) [INDIVIDUAL ARTIST/BOARD MEMBER/VOLUNTEER/STAFF MEMBER/ ETC] with [ORGANIZATION'S/CAMPAIGN NAME]. I am also a constituent of [SENATOR/ REPRESENTATIVE] [NAME].
I am calling today on behalf of arts and culture sector to urge [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] [NAME] to [INSERT ASK].
(You may also provide some background on your organization and it's work within the sector).
I appreciate your time today and I look forward to hearing [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] [NAME]’s position these issues. I can be reached at [ADDRESS], [EMAIL], or [PHONE NUMBER].
If you are unable to speak directly with the person, you should leave a voicemail and schedule a time on your calendar to follow up if you don't receive a phone call back.
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