NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s Javits Act of 2017

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NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s Javits Act of 2017

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Music Education Policy Roundtable is pleased to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY-7) Javits Act of 2017.

If passed, H.R. 3710 would reauthorize the Javits Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Education program that can provide up to $30,000 in financial assistance for students pursuing masters or PhDs in social sciences, humanities, and the arts.  The program was defunded in 2011.

In the program’s previous iteration, the U.S. Department of Education only marked performance, theory, composition, and literature, as eligible fields of study within music for the fellowship.  To improve the fellowship, this bill contains reauthorization language (Section 3) that would require the U.S. Secretary of Education to list music education amongst eligible fields of study.

34 members of NAfME’s Music Education Policy Roundtable have also endorsed H.R. 3710, including:

American Choral Directors Association

Music for All

American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Music Teachers National Association

American School Band Directors Association

Music Publishers Association

American String Teachers Association 

National Association for Music Education

Barbershop Harmony Society

National Association of Music Merchants 

Chorus America

National Association of Music Parents

College Band Directors National Association

National Music Council


Organization of American Kodály Educators

Drum Corps International

Percussive Arts Society

Education Through Music

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

El Sistema USA

Progressive Music 

Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Quadrant Arts Education Research

Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association

Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Strathmore Hall Foundation

J. W. Pepper & Son

Winter Guard International

League of American Orchestras


Little Kids Rock

VH1 Save the Music Foundation


NAfME and the Roundtable applauds Congresswoman Velazquez for her continuing leadership in championing music and the arts.  We are delighted to partner with the Congresswoman once again in working to ensure those who teach and engage in research on music education will receive the same benefits and opportunities as other well-rounded educators.

A full copy of the Javits Act of 2017 can be found here.  The bill currently has 13 cosponsors.

Ronny Lau, Public Policy Advisor, September 22, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (