NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s American Arts Revival Act

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NAfME & Roundtable Endorse American Arts Revival Act

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY-7) American Arts Revival Act (AARA).  Historically, music educators have not been able to take advantage of loan forgiveness programs, and if passed, this piece of legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to qualify music and arts educators for up to $10,000 of student loan forgiveness.  Music and arts educators would be eligible for this program if they are employed full-time as a certified or licensed educator by a school district for 5 years or more, and if they have received a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a field relevant to such employment.

NAfME Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Blakeslee, issued the following statement regarding the Association’s endorsement of the AARA:

“Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which acknowledged music as an essential component of a “Well-Rounded Education,” NAfME has continued its advocacy efforts to find additional ways to expand the presence of music and arts education in federal education policy.  As an Association that represents 13,000 collegiate members, the American Arts Revival Act would expand support for those who represent the future of our profession. NAfME is committed to supporting these students and the intent of the ESSA, by providing those who teach music with the same benefits and opportunities as other well-rounded educators.”

In addition, 32 members of NAfME’s Music Education Policy Roundtable have also endorsed the AARA:

American Choral Directors Association

American Orff-Schulwerk Association

American School Band Directors Association

American String Teachers Association

Barbershop Harmony Society

Chorus America

College Band Directors National Association


Drum Corps International

Education Through Music

El Sistema USA

Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association

Jazz at Lincoln Center

J.W. Pepper & Son

Little Kids Rock

Music for All

Music Teachers National Association

Music Publishers Association

National Association for Music Education

National Association of Music Merchants 

National Association of Music Parents

National Music Council

Organization of American Kodály Educators

Percussive Arts Society

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Progressive Music

Quadrant Arts Education Research

The Recording Academy

Strathmore Hall Foundation

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

Winter Guard International


NAfME and the Roundtable appreciates the opportunity to work with Congresswoman Velazquez in crafting such an important piece of legislation.  We thank the Congresswoman for her leadership in supporting music and arts educators across the nation.

A full copy of the American Arts Revival Act can be found here and the associated press release issued by the Office of Congresswoman Velazquez can be found here.

Ronny Lau, Public Policy Advisor, June 21, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (