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.
With the challenges we now face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IAEN has been hard at work to rapidly build out our capacity for lobbying & advocacy activities in the short-term and the long-term.
- Steering committee meeting every 1-2 weeks via zoom.
- Developed a legislative roadmap to lobby the Indiana General Assembly to continue current funding levels for education in 2021 and beyond.
- Significantly increase our fundraising activities to provide resources to meet the short-term challenge as well as establish a permanent “office” for IAEN in the long run.
- Established a marketing and communications team to build out and manage our communications:
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
Mick Bridgewater, Executive Director of the Indiana State School Music Association
James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources at Music for All