Americans for the Arts strongly encourages individual artists and organizations to register for a D-U-N-S number online. The process for registering is simple and easy and only takes a few minutes. These instructions assume that you do not already have a D-U-N-S number. Your executive director, business manager, board treasurer, or accountant is likely to know if you have one. If you still are unsure, you can check via the Dun & Bradstreet website. Use the search feature on the right side of the page to find your business or organization.

Ready to Register? 

When you contact Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) you will be asked to provide the most up-to-date information on yourself (if you are an individual artist) or your organization. Americans for the Arts has outlined this two-step process below. Follow these steps to get your free D-U-N-S number. 

Step 1. Assemble the following basic business information:
  • Legal name of your organization (or your name if registering as an artist or “sole proprietor”)
  • Contact information
  • Name of an authorizing official (e.g., president, director. If you are an individual artist, that would be you.)
  • Total number of employees
  • Purpose of your organization or type of artistic production (e.g., nonprofit dance company that performs and creates work, museum that provides art exhibitions for the general public, artist who specializes in metalwork)
  • Your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. The SIC refers to the type of organization or art-form (e.g., arts council, ballet company, or actress). Use the SIC table found on our FAQ page under "What is a SIC Code?" to identify the SIC code for yourself or organization.
Step 2. Go to the Dun & Bradstreet webpage to begin and follow the instruction on their website.
  • Once you've completed registration, you will receive your D-U-N-S number via email in as few as 5 business days. If your company already has a D-U-N-S number, you can sign up for iUpdate with D&B to gain access to your information and update your business profile online.

Still have questions? View a list of Frequently Asked Questions or contact the research services at or 202.371.2830.