Advocacy

Proud Member Statement, Programs 2013
 
 
NAfME Hill Day 2017
In June a 3-member delegation from MMEA will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the NAfME Hill Day.  Over 200 music education advocates attended aver 200 meetings with their members of Congress and/or staff at the 2016 event.  Two television interviews were conducted, a congressional briefing took place and over 70 collegiate members participated from across the country.  Our combined national social media efforts reached 7.2 million people.  This was the largest and most successful Hill Day event to date!  This year our MMEA delegation will meet with legislators/staffers to discuss a variety of issues, including the recent passage of ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act.  We will also teacher evaluation, music teacher certification and the plethora of state issues we’re currently working on in Michigan (including proposed elementary general music legislation).

Music Education Advocacy Day

The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA), in collaboration with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), is excited to celebrate our 3rd-annual Music Education Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the State Capitol (Lansing). Representatives from each of these three associations will meet with legislators & the state board of education throughout the day to discuss the importance of music education in Michigan schools.  A performance featuring ensembles from K-12 Michigan schools will be presented from 12-1 PM in the Glass Floor Rotunda.

  1. Equitable access to elementary music instruction, (re-introduction of the K-5 general music bill)
  2. Requirement that all music classes PK-12 be taught by a JX or JQ certified music educator

Elementary teachers interested in having their students perform at this year’s advocacy day should visit our Advocacy Day Page to learn more about submitting a performance application.


We encourage you to communicate with the legislators from your home district and let them know how important music education is to you and your students.  Please feel free to use the language above as you craft a letter/email telling lawmakers about this very important day, and about the power of music education.  CLICK HERE to find your local Representative.  CLICK HERE to find your local Senator.

A sample letter can also be found at the bottom of this page.  Simply fill in the blanks and put it in the mail–it’s that easy!

Let’s stand together as we work for quality music education opportunities for Michigan students!

Please download the PRESS RELEASE for this event (below).

MMEA Support Statement

Looking for a way to show your support for MMEA in your concert programs?  MMEA is pleased to provide a short “support statement” with MMEA & NAfME logos included that is print-ready for inclusion in your concert programs, handouts, etc.  Please use this graphic to show YOUR support for MMEA!
Proud Member Statement, Programs 2013

 
What Does MMEA Do For You?
1.  Letters to state and national legislators
2.  Statewide Music Education Advocacy Day
3.  Participation in NAfME Advocacy task force
4.  Legislative email updates
5.  Working with state legislators on relevant music education policy initiatives
6.  Meeting with state & national policymakers
7.  Reviewing countless updates from state & national agencies regarding music & arts policy
 
We are the foremost music education advocacy experts in Michigan!
 
 
NAfME Offers GREAT ways to get involved!
1.  Visit the Broader Minded campaign page and sign up today!
2.  Write a letter to the folks in Washington about the ESEA debates.  Email FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov
3.  Visit’s NAfME’s advocacy page

Advocate with NAfME for Music Education!

We need you to advocate for music education all year.  Use this link to see how to
* Get a Resolution Passed
*Work with Media
*Newspaper
*Radio and Television
*Speakers

You will find sample language, photo opportunities, how to write a press release, and more!

 
NAfME and MMEA support you!

In Michigan:
See our Links Page for Michigan advocacy resources and groups.

Nationally:
NAfME’s Advocacy Groundswell has everything you need to support arts education.   National Legislation, Downloadable pamphlets and advocacy materials, research and statistics… it’s all there.  Register today!
NAfME’s How-To Advocacy Guides have messages to include in your future brochures, perfect for distribution to parents, administrators and community members.  Get the word out today–music must be part of the future of education!
 
 

Related Documents