Music Education Advocacy Fly-In
Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. to “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music. With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will continue to meet with their congressional representatives to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education. Additionally, as ESSA guides state and local education policy, NAMM members will have the opportunity to receive updates from key stakeholders, national leaders and officials on how ESSA will influence state and local education policies over time. NAMM members will also receive training on how local advocates can continue to work for access and equity for music education.
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NAMM Advocacy Fly-In Meeting
Friday, January 20, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby E, R&B Lounge
Join Mary Luehrsen, NAMM; Joe Lamond, NAMM; and Leo Coco, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, for updates on the 2017 NAMM Music Education Advocacy Fly-In, taking place May 22-25, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs. RSVP here.
Tentative 2017 Schedule
Monday: NAMM’s music education advocacy efforts kick off on Monday morning with an optional day of service—an opportunity for NAMM members to share the power of music with students at an underserved Washington, D.C. public school.
Tuesday: NAMM members spend Tuesday expanding their expertise as advocates, learning more about the impact of ESSA on state and local education policies and preparing for meetings with Members of Congress.
Wednesday: NAMM members head to Capitol Hill to meet directly with congressional representatives and staff. The day on the Hill concludes with a Celebration for Music Education Reception to wrap a full day of advocacy meetings.
Thursday: NAMM’s Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In closes with a national SupportMusic Coalition “LIVE from Washington, D.C.” conference call on Thursday morning.
“It is a rewarding honor to be a part of the diverse group of NAMM members who come together with a common purpose, to ensure that our education system continues to provide the opportunity to learn music. In Washington, we are personally educating our country’s leaders on the power of music and helping to protect student’s rights to have music as part of their curriculum, today and into the future.”
Crystal Morris • President of Gator Cases
What to Expect
- Optional Day of Service
- All-day Advocacy training
- Research Briefings
- Meetings on Capitol Hill
- NAMM-hosted special events
- Free NAMM Advocacy Fly-In App
"This was my first Advocacy Fly-In and it was truly like no other trip I’ve ever been on. I’d always heard that reaching out to one’s elected officials can make an impact on the decisions that they make on our behalf, but I never actually experienced it (and in all honesty didn’t really believe it). This trip changed my mind. I have no doubt that our voices were heard loud and clear by the members of the House and Senate with whom we were able to meet, and that music as a core academic subject will ultimately not be left out of the language in the final version of the ESEA."
Daniel Shatzkes • Gig Gear LLC