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

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

Action Alert

2018 Indiana Arts Education Day

The Indiana Arts Education Network hosted its 2nd annual Indiana Arts Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, on Tuesday, February 13th 2018.  For more information please contact a member of the IAEN steering committee listed below. 

The Arts Education Day message this year focused primarily on two areas before the Indiana General Assembly.

  • House Bill 1398 – allows Indiana school corporations to suspend previously required course offerings (including music & arts) to give flexibility to students for other technical/vocational programs.
  • House Bill 1426 (Education Matters) & Senate Bill 177 (The Indiana High School Diploma) - consolidate the four current Indiana diploma offerings into one consolidated diploma to ensure that all Indiana high school graduations count towards federal graduation rates as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this consolidated diploma, music and arts are still listed as “directed electives” rather than “graduation requirements”.

Please find the attached “2018 IAEN Requests” and “IAEN Overview” documents to be distributed during these legislator visits.

Additional legislator outreach: Contact any member of the IAEN Steering Committee (listed below) to receive additional information regarding additional outreach to State legislators via telephone & e-mail to echo the message carried to the statehouse in person on 2/13. This “One-Two-Punch” strategy delivered a consistent message to all Indiana House & Senate members in support of arts education for all Indiana students.

For information about how you can become involved in ongoing advocacy efforts, please contact a member of the IAEN Steering Committee listed below.

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