NAfME Sponsors CEF Presidential Forum

NAfME Sponsors Committee for Education Funding Presidential Forum

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) will be hosting a Presidential Forum on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:45 PM at the Newseum (online coverage begins 10:00 AM). The National Association for Music Education is delighted to be serving as a sponsor for the Presidential Forum. We are excited about this opportunity to engage with each Presidential campaign and hear what they have to say about the importance of music and arts education, including the future of the profession.

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Participating Campaigns

Clinton Campaign
Ann O’Leary, Senior Policy Advisor (Confirmed)

Sanders Campaign
Donni Turner, Policy Analyst (Confirmed)

Trump Campaign

In addition, CEF is hosting an additional panel, featuring some of the top think tanks in and around Washington, D.C.

The Heritage Foundation
Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education

American Enterprise Institute
Nat Malkus, Fellow in Education Policy Studies

Center for American Progress
Carmel Martin, Executive VP for Policy

This event will be moderated by Candy Crowley, award-winning journalist and former Chief Political Correspondent for CNN. The CEF Presidential Forum is designed to be an opportunity for Presidential Candidates and their campaigns to highlight and discuss their education policy agendas––including but not limited to education funding matters. The overarching goal of this event is to emphasize education as a critical domestic policy.

How YOU Can Participate

As a sponsor of the forum, NAfME has secured a very limited number of tickets, but ALL NAfME members can view the CEF Presidential Forum through a live broadcast. The first panel and coverage begins at 10:00 AM, so be sure to tune in!

In addition to watching the live-stream, you can participate in the event by submitting your questions for the speakers at or tweeting your question using #CEFPresForum.

We HIGHLY encourage all our members to engage and take part in the conversation by submitting questions through both these mediums. Music education upholds an vital role in our students’ well-rounded education, let’s make sure these campaigns recognize its importance and ask for their thoughts in how we can federally support these programs and expand the access of music education for all students.

We hope you can join the critical conversation and find out about each of the candidate’s education policy platforms in the 2016 race for the White House!

Ronny Lau, Legislative Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, May 24, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (