South Carolina


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

  1. Promote the opportunity to log on and provide ESSA feedback at the South Carolina Department of Education site.

Suggested promotional copy: “Action Alert: Log on and get involved! The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) enacted in 2015 defines music as part of a well-rounded education; however, action is needed now at the state level to make sure that every student in South Carolina benefits from the opportunities afforded by this new law.  The South Carolina Department of Education has launched a statewide effort to gather stakeholder input from educators, parents, students, education advocates and others to determine how best to implement key features of the new law, which will be implemented starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Complete this short survey to let your representatives know that the state’s education policy must assure access to music and arts education as part of a 'well-rounded education' for all children in South Carolina.”  

     2. Distribute NAMM Advocacy brochures: Striking a Chord, ESSA 3Rs, and Why Learn to Play to parents, teachers, and other stakeholder networks in South Carolina.  Contact Jessica Cortez to request supplies.

     3. Resource: NAfME Possible State-Level Requests doc


On Feb. 5th, Tracy Leenman and Tayloe Harding met with the SCMEA Executive Board to present the SCCME and its role in state music advocacy. Each attendee was given a Striking a Chord study and the Why Learn to Play brochure. We are following up with SCMEA President, Lisa Rayner, to improve coordination of and cooperation between these two organizations.

NAMM Member Contacts

Tracy Leenman (Chairman SCCME)
Musical Innovations
cell: 864-979-5931

Additional SCCME Members

Dr. Tayloe Harding, Dean of the USC School of Music (Vice-Chair of the SCCME)
Joseph Fox, Fox Music House (SCAC Board representative)
Kory Vrieze, Artistic Director, Foothills Philharmonic

Honorary Members include:
Hon. Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education and former SC Governor
Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent of Education
State Rep. Garry Smith, SC State House of Representatives

State Music & Arts Organizations

South Carolina Music Educators Association 

South Carolina Arts Alliance

South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education
South Carolina Arts Commission

SCBDA, SC Band Director's Association

ABC Project



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 South Carolina