Public Affairs & Government Relations

NAMM stands for its Members every day by providing ongoing representation in Washington, D.C. on issues that impact the music products industry, including:

  • Music education and education reform legislation and funding
  • Small business health insurance legislation
  • Estate tax reform
  • Import/export laws
  • E-commerce tax reform

Advancing Music: Public Policy, Music Education and Music Making
A blog by Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations

September SupportMusic Community Forums Celebrate Music Education Programs

Presented by the NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, schools in Burlington, MA and Skaneateles, NY will host the next two SupportMusic Community Forums. Earlier this year, more than 400 Best Communities for Music Education and SupportMusic Merit Award winners across the country were asked to make a one minute video that answered the question, “what makes music education great in my school or district?” Seven winning entries creatively used student testimonials, teacher interviews, classroom and performance footage--and even zombies—to show their passion for their music education programs. Please join us in recognizing Burlington Public Schools and Skaneateles High School for their extraordinary achievements in music education by attending the community forums in person, or by logging into the live webcast.

Panelists for the Burlington Public Schools Community Forum include:

Hosts: Jerry Murphy and Jerome Moccia, M. Steinert & Sons
Peter Cokkinias, Professor of Music Education, Berklee College of Music
Patrick Larkin, Burlington Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent
Bob Hogan, Burlington Selectmen's Committee, Veteran's Affairs, Rotary Club
Kevin Parker, Voting Town Meeting member
Matt Lovell, Burlington High School Band Director 
Faydeen Sateriale, Music Booster President, Assistant Marching Band Director
John Middleton-Cox, Performing Arts Director
Christine Monaco, Burlington School Committee Member

Click HERE to RSVP for the Burlington, MA Community Forum.

Panelists for Skaneateles High School Community Foruminclude:

Host: Antoinette Follett, Editor-in-Chief, Making Music Magazine
Bill Davern, Fine Arts Coordinator, West Genesee High School
Bill DiCosimo, Associate Professor of Music Industry, Syracuse University
Travis Newton, Music and Art Director, LeMoyne College
Ron Keck, Owner, SubCat Recording Studio
Andy Robinson, Manager, Orange TV, Syracuse University

Click HERE to RVSP for the Skaneateles, NY Community Forum.

For a list of all upcoming SupportMusic Community Forums, click HERE

Federal Government to States and Schools: provide equal access to resources for all students

October 7, 2014

Last week, Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, issued new guidance for states and districts to focus on education...

Advisory Council on Widlife Trafficking to Meet

October 3, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Advisory Council on Wilidlife Trafficking will meet on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Among the topics...

Need Help Understanding How the Affordable Care Act Affects your Business?

September 19, 2014

As you may know, in 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) – robust and landmark health care legislation designed to...

Where Does Your State Stand on Marketplace Fairness?

September 19, 2014

Today, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of polls conducted in California, Louisiana, Neveda, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and...

Submit Your Lacey Act Declaration Electronically Through LAWGS

September 12, 2014

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a bulletin on how to submit Lacey Act declarations...

Forest Legality Alliance Update and SAVE THE DATE for 12th Semi-Annual Membership Meeting

Forest Legality Alliance is a key organization focused on promoting the trade of legal wood products. Most recently, FLA, in collaboration with Reforestamos Mexico and the European Forest...

JUST THE FACTS, PLEASE - Import and Export FAQs

The Import Export Forum held at Summer NAMM once again revealed the complexity of import/export regulations and uncertainties about permitting and licensing of materials and products.  As part on ongoing efforts to support and...



Import/Export Forum

Noon–1 p.m. Deli Lunch Buffet

Music City Center, 205 A–C

Join us today for a forum addressing updates on current...

NAMM Members Advocate for Music Education in D.C.

NAMM offers members opportunity to support music education during D.C. Fly-In, May 19-21

Carlsbad, CA (May 18, 2014) – NAMM members prepare to take the nation’s capital by storm making the case for comprehensive...

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Intellectual Property (IP) Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show

Music product creators, innovators, fabricators, business owners and managers concerned about securing and protecting intellectual property vital to...

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