Advocacy Update – Hill Day

MMEA was proud to be part of this year’s NAfME Hill Day event in Washington, D.C. On June 29, over 300 NAfME members and a record 129 collegiate students descended upon our nation’s Capitol to talk about music education with legislators and staffers. MMEA sent a team of nine delegates to this year’s Hill Day, including MMEA leadership and students from Western Michigan and Wayne State Universities. The members of this year’s delegation included:

  • Karen Salvador (President)
  • Lisa Furman (President-Elect)
  • Cory Micheel-Mays (Executive Director)
  • Lindsey Streeter (WMU)
  • Jasmine Joubran (WMU)
  • Danny Reeves ( WMU)
  • Christopher Fosnot (WMU)
  • Jacob Blaylock (WMU)
  • Anthony Berardi (Wayne State) 
The Michigan team met with six legislative offices, discussing full funding for ESSA Titles I, II, & IV. We also shared stories about students and teachers in Michigan, and reminded lawmakers about the need for equitable access to sequential music instruction for all students. You can visit to learn more about the 2017 NAfME Hill Day. The video recap provides a great snapshot of the day’s activities.
We look forward to visiting our legislators in Washington, D.C. again next year, and I encourage you to share your stories, concerns, and comments by emailing me anytime. I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer!
Warm Regards,
Cory Micheel-Mays
Executive Director, MMEA