The Coalition on Coalitions (CoCs) supports NAMM members and their networks working on state-level music and arts education advocacy efforts. The Alabama network provides tactics, resources and best practices to move and improve state-level policies, funding and advocacy for music and arts education.

State Profile

To customize your state profile to reflect the current education advocacy partnerships in your state, please contact Jessica Cortez.

Action Alert

  1. Attend The 2017 Alabama Arts Advocacy Conference, March 14 – 15, 2017, in Montgomery, AL.  Join the Alabama Arts Advocacy Commission and advocates from all over the state to share stories, gain insight, and support the arts in Alabama. Please pass this information on to your School Board and colleagues. It’s time to show our legislators just how many of their constituents support the arts in Alabama. For more information and to register, click here.
  2. Distribute the following NAMM Advocacy brochures: Striking a Chord, ESSA 3Rs, and Why Learn to Play, to parents, teachers, and other stakeholder networks in Alabama.  Contact Jessica Cortez to request supplies.


  • Listen to a recording of the Aug. 23 Alabama SupportMusic State Coalition call, here.
  • Donna Russell from the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education hosts a statewide advocacy day at the capitol in the spring and spearheads ESSA implementation in the state. 
  • Andy Meadows from Alabama Music Educator's Association has data on access and participation rates. Stay tuned for an action alert.
  • Currently planning a town hall / meet-n-greet at a retail store for parents, teachers, and school administrators. 
  • An informative email was sent to local schools in the City of Auburn, Opelika, and surrounding towns, directed to music educators, principals, and the Board of Education. We gave a description of what was accomplished in D.C., ESSA, and possible action steps we would like to see our community make to further music education under the new bill.
  • ​In celebration of Make Music Day, we attempted to break a world record in downtown Auburn, Alabama. With well over 1,000 people in attendance consisting of Auburn's mayor, City of Auburn employees, city and university music educators, musicians of all ages, music lovers, and parents, we used this as a platform to inform attendees of ESSA. We informed the crowd of possible 'next steps' that could be taken to continue to spread the message of the importance of music education across the state.
  • Have talked with local county schools that do not have music educators and offered to come teach a complimentary intro to music class for their students.

NAMM Member Contact

Tim Spicer
Spicer's Music
Twitter: @SpicersMusic
Facebook: @SpicersMusic

State Music & Arts Organizations 

Alabama Alliance for Arts Education

Alabama Music Educator's Association

Alabama State Council on the Arts


Coalition on Coalitions NAMM Member Resources

Coalition on Coalitions Dashboard, The CoCs dashboard on, serves as a nexus of information regarding specific state-focused music education advocacy efforts.  The dashboard features a thumbnail summary of action alerts, status updates, NAMM Member contacts, and state-specific resources for active state coalitions in various stages of network.

Advocacy and Issue TrainingLive and recorded webinars are available to connect, assist and advise NAMM members about current opportunities and ongoing state-specific efforts. 

State Advocacy Opportunities, Regularly updated information regarding needed state-advocacy action.  As an example: State education associations are holding “listening tours” across the U.S. in town hall-style meetings and/or they are accepting input by email or via web-based surveys. Action is needed now to ensure that every student in your state benefits from new opportunities in music education.

State Coalition Bootcamp at The 2017 NAMM Show, This half-day workshop was held on Tuesday January 17 and provided state coalition teams with hands-on advocacy training. Listen to audio files here: 

  • State Level Advocacy: What’s Happening and What’s Next. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio recording.
  • ESSA Update. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording. Audio Recording.
  • Advocacy at the Grassroots. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.

Coalition on Coalitions Forum at The 2017 NAMM Show, This meeting was held on Friday, January 20 and provided an overview of current policy opportunities and updates on state activity featuring updates from NAMM Member state coalition leaders. Listen to audio files here: 

  • AFTA Resources and How to Advance Arts-friendly Policies in Education. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio Recording.
  • Federal Education Policy and ESSA. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording.
  • Policy Work at the Local Level. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.
  • Arts Education Partnership: Tools and Resources . Jane Best, Arts Education Partnership. Audio Recording.

Coalition on Coalitions at 2017 Summer NAMM, This meeting was held on Friday, July 14 and featured a panel discussion, national updates, and state team reports. Listen to audio files here:

Coalition on Coalitions Forum at The 2018 NAMM Show, This meeting will be held on Friday January 26 and will provide an overview of current policy opportunities and updates on state activity featuring updates from NAMM Member state coalition leaders. Open to all NAMM Show attendees. RSVP link coming soon.

NAMM Advocacy Resources

National Partner Resources

Americans for the Arts, Arts Services Directory for Alabama