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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristen Rencher or (571) 323-5898

Tri-M® Music Honor Society and
National Federation of State High School Associations
Team Up to Provide 10 Schools Grants to Start Tri-M® Chapters

RESTON, VA (September 30, 2019)—The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has partnered with the Tri-M® Music Honor Society (A Program of The National Association for Music Education) to provide a grant to 10 new Tri-M® chapters during the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Tri-M offers students the opportunity to gain skills in leadership and community service,” shared Mike Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO.

“Tri-M offers students the opportunity to gain skills in leadership and community service,” shared Mike Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO. “As we believe all students should have the opportunity to participate in a high-quality music education program in their schools, we also believe all students should have access to leadership programs like Tri-M Music Honor Society. And so we appreciate the generosity of the National Federation of State High School Associations to help make that opportunity available to more students.”

“The NFHS is excited to be a part of bringing leadership opportunities to high school music programs,” said Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts for the NFHS. “The grants are a way of encouraging new schools to start Tri-M chapters and grow student leaders while participating in their school’s and state’s programs. We look forward to continuing our work with NAfME and Tri-M.”

Requirements to receive the grant are:

  1. Have a willing faculty member able to fulfill the duties of the Advisor role.
  2. Have never chartered a chapter, or not have had an active chapter in the past 10 years.
  3. Be in good standing with their NFHS state association.
  4. Plan to or currently participate in NFHS state music contests and/or programs.
  5. Plan for student leadership development.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year is October 4, 2019. Applicants can visit for details. Grants will be awarded in time for schools to start their chapters as soon as October 14, 2019.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Since 1985, through more than 8,500 active chartered chapters and approximately 92,000 student members, Tri-M has given more than $140,000 in Chapter of the Year Scholarship Awards to chapters across the country making a difference in their communities. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education.



National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school activities. Through its 50-member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at

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