Music Education Advocacy Fly-In
Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music by visiting with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill.
NAMM Fly-In participants receive intensive training with policy experts to learn about the policies and priorities of the current administration. With guidance from veteran delegates and seasoned professionals, NAMM members prepare research-based talking points for visits with their Members of Congress. These visits are not just a time to make demands of our legislature, however. It is also when we encourage Senators and Representatives to celebrate the school districts and schools that receive national recognition through The NAMM Foundation’s Best Community for Music Education or SupportMusic Merit Award within their states and congressional districts.
NAMM members will connect with other delegates from their states to form a working coalition to monitor progress and provide support to local school districts through distribution of established educational materials and providing access to effective advocacy templates.
NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In
May 21- 24, 2018
2018 Tentative Schedule
Monday: NAMM’s music education advocacy efforts kick off on Monday morning with an optional day of service, which serves as an opportunity for NAMM members to share the power of music with students at an underserved Washington, D.C. public school.
Tuesday: NAMM members receive intensive training by policy experts to prepare for meetings with Members of Congress. Afternoon breakout sessions with pre-assigned teams solidify strategies for each scheduled meeting.
Wednesday: NAMM members head to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their staff. The day on the Hill concludes with a Celebration for Music Education Reception to recap and celebrate of the group’s advocacy efforts.
Thursday: NAMM’s Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In closes with an inspirational SupportMusic Coalition wrap up meeting where ”lessons learned” are shared along with to-do lists and goals for the next 6 months of advocacy actions.
“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
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