Public Policy Hub

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) advocates to educate elected officials and other key decision-makers about the impact and importance of music education programs.

Below you will find several topics in public policy where the NAfME advocates at the federal level.

Current Legislative Agendas

2021 Presidential Transition

In January 2021, the Music Education Policy Roundtable and NAfME submitted a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden’s Transition team detailing education policy proposals that would advance the goal of a relevant and equitable music education for all students.

In collaboration with associations representing arts, humanities, and social studies education, NAfME sent an additional letter to the Biden Transition calling for the reinstatement of the Arts, Foreign Language, Geography, and Economics assessments to the NAEP calendar and for greater support at the U.S. Department of Education for a Well-Rounded Education as defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

After years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, Congress put No Child Left Behind away for good, and passed, by an overwhelming majority, a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

This new bill, entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is an enormous victory for music education advocates. We are truly on the verge of a new day for music education, with opportunities to use federal funding to increase access to music education for all students, especially the most vulnerable. 

Please visit our “Everything ESSA” page for the latest on this HISTORIC piece of legislation for music education. On the page you find:

  • A comprehensive legislative analysis of the bill
  • Toolkits, fact sheets, and implementation guides on how to navigate and understand ESSA
  • Resources to help you understand the funding and appropriations process of ESSA


Advocacy is most effective when carried out with friends. That’s why NAfME is active in multiple public policy coalitions, including the Music Education Policy Roundtable, of which NAfME is a founding member. Our coalition work ensures that music education is represented in national conversations around education funding and policy. Click here to learn more.