Statement Regarding NAfME & Michael Butera

Late Thursday evening, we were stunned, like many of you, to learn of a blog post in social media attributing very divisive and inflammatory comments to NAfME Executive Director and CEO, Michael Butera.  NAfME recently a released a second, updated statement regarding this situation: 

MMEA is committed to increasing access to music instruction for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status or other marginalization. This is one of the reasons we are working on legislation that would mandate elementary music instruction for all students in Michigan.  We are also committed to increasing the diversity of MMEA, the diversity of programs we offer, and the diversity of the music education profession. These are important goals that require a hard look at ourselves and a lot more than just conversation. MMEA will strive to assist with your questions or concerns about equity and inclusion in music education in Michigan, and we welcome dialogue and suggestions regarding ways that we can increase the diversity of our organization and/or of music education in Michigan.

We felt our members deserved direct communication from MMEA leadership regarding this situation. As we receive information we will share it with you. Please know that we value each of you and the work you do every single day.

Kelli Graham