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

State Profile

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Action Alert

Indiana has released its State ESSA plan which does not currently include Music & the Arts, except as an 'extracurricular activity'. The Members of the Indiana Arts Education Network urge you to share your feedback with the Department of Education today. Feedback is due by midnight tomorrow, July 20, 2017.

Recommended Additions for the State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

Please follow the 2 links below and enter comments as outlined.

  1. Link to Section Four: Accountability and School Improvement Survey
  • Enter your category (teacher, school or district leader, parent, community member, other...)
  • Enter your zip code
  • Skip to the last question - "additional feedback" - copy and paste the following text into the response field:

On behalf of the Indiana Arts Education Network (IAEN) we respectfully recommend the following changes be included in Indiana's ESSA Plan:

-p. 26 - Under Section 4's: Accountability, Support, and Improvement for Schools graph in section School Quality or Student Success-School Culture: insert for Description "Percentage of students participating in music and arts classes; Percentage of students participating in extracurricular music and arts activities; Estimated attendance (parents and community Implementation Box- "Beginning with SY 2018."

IAEN's recommendation is founded in the fact that students' access to curricular and co-curricular arts and music classes could be an indicator of school culture as could parents' access to school concerts and other musical events. IAEN considers emphasizing the role of music and arts education as meeting school culture and goals for parent and family engagement and encourage expansion of programs to engage parents and families. Music and the arts uniquely unite a school community and celebrate student accomplishment at every level.

-p. 32 - Under School Quality or Student Success Indicator after "Mathematics" and before "Further": insert "Therefore, the School Quality/Student Success Indicator will include measures of access to and participation rates in music and arts classes as part of Indiana's accountability system."

IDOE should consider including access and participation rates in music and arts classes as part of Indiana's accountability system. Many other states are also considering this as part of their new accountability system as it will differentiate meaningfully between schools and districts, and will be available information for all schools in the state. States with this reporting already in place are New Jersey and Nevada; Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan & the District of Columbia have included it in their new state accountability system under ESSA. Indiana can be a leader in reporting access and equity in this critical curriculum.

-p. 34 - Under A note on the Climate and Culture Assessment/Survey after "the summer of 2018" and before "This proposal": insert "Long-term school culture and climate is based on providing students with a well-rounded educational experience including opportunities for music and arts education as part of school improvement, student success, and parent involvement strategies."

2. Link to Section Six: Working Together for the Success of All Students

  • Enter your category (teacher, school or district leader, parent, community member, other...)
  • Enter your zip code
  • Skip to the last question - "additional feedback" - copy and paste the following text into the response field:

The Indiana Arts Education Network (IAEN) perceives school culture and climate to be directly correlated with what classes and programs are provided or not. IDOE should respectfully consider encouraging district curriculum and school-based instruction innovations that expand music and arts education opportunities as part of the initiative to improve and strengthen long-term school culture and climate.

-p. 104 - Under "F. Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants" after "reading" and before "career and technical education (CTE)": insert "music and arts education."

If it can't be listed separately, IAEN recommends including music and arts education as part of the "social-emotional support" section for Title IV.

-p. 105- Under "2. Awarding Subgrants", below second bullet point "Assurance that the LEA will complete" and after "Reading": insert "music and arts education."

-p. 120- Under "Indiana Education for Homeless Children" and p. 121 under Section B: Music is only addressed twice. Both times being referred as an "extracurricular activity." We would strongly encourage that the language be changed to "co-curricular activities such as music and the arts and extracurricular activities such as sports." since music and the arts are commonly considered educational curriculum.


  1. Indiana ESSA implementation update – On February 9th, Jennifer McCormick, the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, sent out an update on the status of Indiana’s ESSA plan development. In summary, the previous March implementation date has been moved back to September 18th. IAEN will monitor the new process and participate once the details have been established and made public.
  2. Arts Advocacy Day at the Indiana Statehouse – Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 16th where IAEN will meet during “Arts Advocacy Day at the Indiana Statehouse”. Details will be posted soon.
  3. IAEN Fundraising Campaign – IAEN will be making a formal request for funds in the very near future to invest in some modest overhead to help the Network plan & organize events, develop strategic relationships, monitor legislation and communicate more effectively. Organizations are encouraged to review their capacity to invest in preparation for the call for support.

For more information, contact a member of the IAEN Steering Committee:

Matt Carter, Vice President of Destination Development
 for Visit Indy and Executive Director of Music Crossroads
Mark Goff, Owner of Paige’s Music, and Chairman of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Mike Kamphuis, Managing Director of the Division of Education of Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Lane Velayo, Executive Director of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA)
John Wittmann, Manager of Education and Artist Relations for Yamaha Corporation of America 

NAMM Member Contact

Mark Goff
Paige's Music
Twitter: @PaigesMusic
Facebook Page

State Music & Arts Organizations

Indiana Music Education Association
Indiana Arts Commission
Indiana Coalition for the Arts
AFTA Indiana Resources


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 ArtsArts Services Directory for Indiana