Advocacy Events scheduled for April 2021

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) continues to advocate on your behalf to ensure music education is prioritized by decision-makers. Join NAfME the next three Tuesdays to review Virtual Hill Month successes and next steps. Find out how to participate in the U.S. the Department of Education “Best Practices Clearinghouse” and learn about $126 billion for K-12 education included in the American Rescue Plan Act and the difference it makes for music education. Find more information and register for these free events below.

Tuesday, April 6 at 5 PM EDT/2 PM PT – Recording Available.
Celebrate Virtual Hill Month!
This webinar will feature stories and stats from the advocacy undertaken during March’s Music In Our Schools Month®. Hear from advocates in several states on their strategic approach to meetings with members of Congress, and discuss the outcomes from the meetings with the policy staff of both NAfME and NAMM. A brief overview of the new American Rescue Plan Act and its implications for music education will be provided. Recording available soon.

Tuesday, April 13 – Recording Available. Download template.
Sharing Best Practice Ideas with the US Department of Education
Under Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Department of Education is seeking best practices from educators teaching during the pandemic. These practices will be shared in a “Best Practices Clearinghouse” that focuses on ways to engage all students whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Think you have a practice to share? Join NAMM, NAfME, and the NFHS for this webinar where we will walk you through the process of sharing your ideas, including a template to make it easy to submit to the Department. We encourage as many great ideas from music educators as possible so that music is highlighted in the Best Practices Clearinghouse. More information will be available on this page, including the recording.

Tuesday, April 20 at 3 PM EDT/12 PM PT
How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education
The American Rescue Plan Act includes $126 billion for K-12 education. These funds can help support music education programs which may need additional assistance due to the pandemic and education budget shortfalls. In addition, the funds can also help more students participate in music and arts education. Join NAMM, the NFHS, and NAfME in this interactive webinar to learn about how much stimulus funding your state is getting, hear from those who have successfully used prior stimulus dollars to support students and music programs, and identify the people in your district who can help you make the case and access funds to support and sustain music and arts education. Register Now


NAfME Public Policy Staff, April 5, 2021. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)