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


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:

  • 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

NAfME Quarterly Advocacy Webinar Series

Every quarter, NAfME hosts advocacy webinars on the latest topics within music education advocacy.

Presented by NAfME’s Public Policy staff, our team of dedicated experts provide music education advocates with the latest in politics, education public policy, resources, and information surrounding music education advocacy.

To register or find out more information on our next webinar, please visit this page.


Your Title IV-A Success Story

FY 2018’s funds will be available for the 2018 – 2019 school year. If you have received Title IV-A funding previously or will receive funding for the upcoming school year, we want to hear YOUR story!

Visit bit.ly/TitleIVMusicAndArts to tell us your Title IV story:

  • How much funding did you receive?
  • What was the funding used for?
  • How has it benefited your students?
  • How has it benefited you as an educator in providing a well-rounded education?
  • By using these funds, are you closer to providing a “quality” music program, as outlined in the OTL standards?

Your stories are vital to helping NAfME advocate for music education! Although Title IV-A received a significant increase in FY 2018, the new funding number is still short of the grant’s authorized amount of $1.6 billion.  This information will help us get closer to that goal!


Grassroots Advocacy Resources