NAfME 2021 Virtual Hill Month

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Hill Month!


We are thrilled that you have decided to take part in our Virtual Hill Month! While we all, unfortunately, can’t be together to travel to Capitol Hill and meet with our representatives in person, NAfME has coordinated this program to assist music educators from all across the nation to be more active music education advocates at the local, state, and federal levels during Music In Our Schools Month®. On this page, you will find all the information and documents that you need to take part in Virtual Hill Month, including orientation materials, your state captain, and various campaigns you can take part in. We hope that all NAfME state advocacy leaders will participate in Virtual Hill Month and take an active role in Hill Month 2021! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Public Policy team!



April 6, 5:00 PM EDT: Celebrate Virtual Hill Month

March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT: Virtual Congressional Briefing: Music, Arts, and Social-Emotional Learning: Working Together for Positive Student Outcomes

More information about the Hill Month Schedule, including the Closing Rally, coming soon!


Orientation Materials 

Sample Email/Phone Script:

Hello, my name is __________; I’m calling from the _______ Music Educators Association –we represent __ educators and __ students and their families in the state.

My colleagues are participating in the National Association for Music Education’s Virtual Hill Month during the month or March, in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month.

We would like to share our concerns and interests regarding music education, including the need for more education funding in a COVID Relief Package, continuing support in the appropriations process, and support for the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act.

Please let us know if you would like to meet on a virtual platform or over the phone. We look forward to hearing from you and learning how we may work together with the Representative/Senator on these issues.”


Legislative Agendas and Handouts

Here are the handouts detailing the primary requests of Hill Month 2021:



Take the below survey after you have finished your meetings to provide NAfME’s Public Policy team with feedback.

State Captains

Below is a list of state captains, who act as leads for their state’s meeting delegation. Thank you to those states who have submitted their state captains. To submit your state captain, please email Matt Barusch.

State Captains
AL Rob Lyda
AK Lucas Clooten
AZ Stephanie Campbell
CA Armalyn De La O
DE Dominic Pasano
FL Jeanne Reynolds
GA Matt Koperniak
ID Tom Kloss
MA Faith Lueth
MD Ron Frezzo
ME Sandy Barry
KS Kelly Knedler
KY John Stroube
MO Brian Hartman
MT Amy Schendel
NC Pat Hall
NJ Lisa Vartanian
NM Amy Williams
NV Martha O’Neill
NH Sean Meagher
OH Ann Usher
OR Ben Lawson
OK Leah McDonald
PA Mark Despotakis
TN Christopher Dye
VA Steve King
WA Karen Helseth
WI Paul Budde
WV Andi Hasley


Other Advocacy Campaigns

If you are unable to participate in Virtual Hill Month 2021, there are other ways that you can be an active advocate for music education during Music In Our Schools Month!

Arts ARE Education Campaign: A local and state grassroots campaign focused on fully funding education in the next fiscal year and beyond.

Congressional State Budget Campaign: A federal campaign asking members of Congress to appropriate funding for state and local governments for education in the next COVID-19 relief package.