The Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation understands the need to create advocacy resources at the state level. Guided by the generosity of the country music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. Since its inception, the CMA Foundation has given more than $20 million to organizations enhancing the lives of students through the power of music.
CMA has partnered with NAfME to administer the State Music Education Association Advocacy Grants. The goals of these grants are to support the work of our state MEAs by augmenting existing advocacy initiatives and creating new advocacy opportunities.
This year, 10 state MEAs were awarded grants to aid their advocacy efforts:
California Music Educators Association
The CMEA application contemplates using the grant funds to establish a Parent Advocacy Seminar at the California All-State Music Education Conference and to expand its “JAM! Just Add Music” program. The Parent Advocacy Seminar is aimed at teaching advocacy skills to parents. “JAM! Just Add Music” is intended to help generalist classroom teachers implement music lessons in their classes, and to teach them how to advocate for music education.
Delaware Music Educators Association
The DMEA plans on using the grant funds to develop surveys, collect and analyze the survey data, and develop marketing and advocacy materials for distribution to the Delaware families. Data will center around inequities in music education from school district to school district. The funds will also be used to bring ensembles to the “March for the Arts” event at the state capitol. This was only application dedicating the majority of time and funds toward data and analysis.
Florida Music Education Association, Inc.
FMEA plans to use the grant funds to produce videos that will, among other things, promote its advocacy agenda and its Collegiate Education Day at the Capitol. The videos will also enable members to “click-through” to contact legislators directly. The videos will serve to advocate executive branch and legislative officials at the state level. Major social media platforms will also be used to spread their message.
Massachusetts Music Educators Association
MMEA intends to use the grant funds to develop marketing and informational materials that will be posted social media and used in meetings with federal, state and local legislators. Materials will be used to support the organization’s engagement with public officials.
Michigan Music Education Association
MMEA wishes to use the grant funds to develop videos that will be used for many purposes, including website and other social media posts, sharing with legislators and policy makers during advocacy days, and inclusion in advocacy materials. Videos will be distributed in-person to legislators as well as to advocates through social media.
Minnesota Music Educators Association
MMEA will use the funds to address the disparity of access to music education for minority students. They intend to pilot a program focusing on aural musicianship at two secondary schools that primarily serve disadvantaged and low-income students. The funds will support and advisory group that will create learning units which include composition, arranging and covering music in another genre, and drumming in culturally responsive music genres.
Missouri Music Educators Association
MMEA intends to use the grant funds to retain consultants who can assist with advocacy development. Their plan is to develop the following: advocacy goals, a support network of music education advocates, advocaty materials to advance its legislative agenda, and a training program for Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
North Carolina Music Educators Association
NCMEA will use the grant funds for its 2018 Advocacy Summit and the 2019 Concerts at the Capitol and Hill Day. The former will focus on teaching members how to advocate on the local, state and national level. The latter will involve members and other music advocates meeting with state legislators regarding the importance of music education.
Washington Music Educators Association
WMEA wishes to use the grant funds to sponsor its Collegiate Hill Day activities, including advocacy training for participants. Hill day will include collegiate members, board members and WMEA staff members meeting with state legislators and Department of Education staff.
West Virginia Music Educators Association
WVMEA contemplates using the grant funds to cover the costs of a Hill Day in Charleston during which its board members will meet with legislators. As a part of this effort, WVMEA staff will communicate with legislators in advance of the meetings and will follow-up with those legislators interested in music initiatives.