NAfME Executive Director and CEO Michael Butera Welcomes New Members of 114th Congress


This month the 65 new senators and representatives will receive congratulatory letters from NAfME Executive Director and CEO Michael Butera. “On behalf of the National Association for Music Education, I am writing to offer my congratulations on your election to the United States Senate/House of Representatives,” writes Butera. “The work for which you have been chosen is a significant calling, and I thank you for your dedication and service to our great nation.”

He continues, “The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. We believe music education is integral to developing tomorrow’s innovators, creators, and leaders. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the voluntary Standards for Arts Education, newly released in early 2014.

“As the national voice for music education, NAfME advocates on behalf of music education and educators across the country, and works in various coalitions to ensure access, protect funding, and build capacity for grassroots advocacy at the state and local levels.”

We look forward to partnering with veteran and freshmen members of the 114th Congress to promote quality music education for all students.

Catherina Hurlburt, Special Assistant, December 4, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (