Advocating for NAMM Members
NAMM's Public Affairs and Government Relations team has been hard at work this year, advocating for and supporting the music community through the many ups and downs that the industry has faced. NAMM has focused on supporting six main areas: elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds, COVID-19 small business relief, aerosol study, sustainability, PIP (3:1), trade, and tax.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds as part of the Cares Act
NAMM has been closely tracking the ESSER funds state approval plan and amounts, collaborating with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to host webinars and discussions around ways to continue supporting music education programs in educational settings. The Foundation has also worked with the state to plan outreach and assist the state coalition as needed.
COVID-19 Small Business Relief
A four-part Small Business Relief webinar series was presented to members, providing information about the ‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security’ (CARES) Federal stimulus plans, HEROES and HEALS Acts, Education Stabilization Fund, American Rescue Plan Act, and ongoing updates to PPP loans and the SBA portal.
NAMM sponsored the independent Aerosol Mitigation strategy research study and produced several webinars, making sure the findings of the study were distributed effectively so schools and retailers could resume in-person learning with up-to-date safety information for mitigating risks associated with music making. NAMM’s mitigation strategy was sent to the U.S. Department of Education for all school districts in the U.S. to use as a resource.
With the creation of the Sustainability Task Force, NAMM members can convene quarterly and learn on ways to start and improve current sustainability efforts within their companies. Members have also been continually informed and updated on the Lacey Act, which goes into law on October 1, 2021.
Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate (3:1)
NAMM educated members on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ruling to ban processing and distribution in commerce of certain uses of phenol, isopropylated phosphate (PIP (3:1)). The rule goes into effect on March 8, 2022, providing industry stakeholders and members of the public an opportunity to have a compliance extension.
NAMM hosted webinars and continued to provide ongoing informational support on several matters regarding tariffs, free trade, supply chain, and shipping matters.
NAMM is monitoring and continues to update members on the Independent Contractor Rule, and Employee Retention Tax Credit legislation.