The Coalition on Coalitions (CoCs) supports NAMM members and their networks working on state-level music and arts education advocacy efforts. The Nevada 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 Alerts

The Nevada Coalition is engaging members of the greater Arts Education community including NAMM members, arts education organizations, educators, principals, parents, and community to become part of a statewide network to advocate for the support of arts education as it relates to the Nevada's ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Plan.  Please join us by adding your name and contact information here.


  • The Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction has called upon a group of stakeholders from across the state to serve as an Advisory Group in the development of a state education plan.  With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at the federal level Nevada now has unprecedented control over its PreK-12 education vision. The Advisory Group - composed of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, students , and business groups - will come together to outline a path forward tailored to meeting the unique needs of Nevada students. For more information and an up-to-date schedule, visit here.
  • Appropriate personnel at Clark County School District and Washoe County School District, representing the vast number of arts education programs in the state, have been contacted regarding the work of several of the ESSA committees. Outreach to the Elko County School District is also being planned. A statewide notification system is in the process of being established to educate all to the ESSA opportunities. In addition, as the ESSA Plan is presented throughout the state, we will look to the members of the arts education communities to attend these meetings.

  • An Action Alert will be going out to members of the greater Nevada Arts Education community to engage participants in the review process of Nevada's ESSA plan. 

NAMM Member Contact
Marcia Neel
Music Education Consultants, Inc.
702.630.0518 (C)
702.361.3553 (B)
Twitter: @MusicEdConsult

State Music & Arts Organizations 

Nevada Arts Council
Nevada Arts Adovcates


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 Nevada