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

Get the Recognition Your Music Program Deserves

Survey Recognizes Schools and Districts for Commitment to Music Education 

The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education program is open for business to individual schools and school districts. Music Teachers, school administrators and board members can complete the updated and refined 2015 BCME survey now through Friday, January 30, 2015.

The surveys, for both district and individual school recognition, gauge funding, participation, facilities, and other factors that affect access to comprehensive music education. The responses are verified, then the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas) reviews the data. Districts and schools must demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to comprehensive music education for all.

Throughout the survey’s 15-year history, many districts have reported that making the “Best Communities” list supports efforts to preserve and advance their music education programs. "As our school district has just undergone one of the largest mergers in the history of U.S. public education, this designation helped us to protect the quality music programs and teachers in our community,” said Dr. Dru Davison, fine arts advisor for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee. “It was extremely valuable.”

The surveys gauge funding, participation, facilities, and other factors that affect access to comprehensive music education. The responses are verified, then the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas) reviews the data. Districts and schools must demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to comprehensive music education for all.

Individual Schools - Download the 2015 SupportMusic Merit Award Survey
School Districts - Download the 2015 Best Communities for Music Education Survey

Next spring, 2015 BCME designees will be invited to participate in the second-annual,What Makes Music Education Great in My School’ video contest, sponsored by the NAMM Foundation. Winning schools and districts will be awarded a two-day residency with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, and the opportunity to host a SupportMusic Community Forum that is webcast nationally. The residency provides music students with the chance to write and record an original song aboard this high-tech mobile recording studio, while the forum brings national recognition to communities that support outstanding music programs.

Celebrate your music program with this national recognition! Learn more and take the survey starting today

CITES Interpretation on Appendix III Timber Trade

October 31, 2014

In an effort to clarify inconsistent interpretations of Appendix III timber listings, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES...

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...

Get the Recognition Your Music Program Deserves

Survey Recognizes Schools and Districts for Commitment to Music Education 

The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education program is open for business to ...

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...

SEE YOU AT SUMMER NAMM @Nashville

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

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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