NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In

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May 21-24, 2018 · Washington, D.C.

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NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In
May 21- 24, 2018

Registration is Closed.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form to be included on a wait list.

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 members are welcome to bring guests (one max). NAMM guests are welcome to attend meals and events; see the schedule below.

Music Education Advocacy Fly-In

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Music Education Advocacy Fly-In

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Special Guests

Keynote Speaker

Charlie Sykes

Sykes is the keynote speaker for the kick-off dinner on Monday night. He is a prominent news contributor and public speaker, and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind.



J.Dash is a classically trained pianist, rapper, songwriter, producer, engineer & multi-instrumentalist who also holds a degree in computer science from the University of Florida.


Bernie Williams

Four-time World Series Champion, Turnaround Artist, and SupportMusic Champion award-winner Bernie Williams joins NAMM for his eighth year as a music education advocacy Delegate.


Erich Bergen

Erich Bergen currently stars as Blake Moran on the hit CBS television drama, Madam Secretary, broadcast all over the world and streaming on Netflix.

Webinar Schedule

Thursday, May 10

1:30 PM


Day of Service, Details and Expectations

Joining Options


1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)


Access code: 809 648 445 Password: Music

Join Via Computer


Past Webinars

How to Contact Members of Congress

View Webinar

New Delegate Fly-In Orientation Webinar.

View Webinar

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

Optional Day of Service Details

NAMM members are invited to participate in a morning Day of Service with D.C. Public Schools for their music festival at the Kennedy Center on Monday, May 21. As of March 20, we are no longer taking volunteers as we are at max capacity.


NAMM member delegates attending the NAMM Fly-In can reach out to NAMM Public Relations to learn how to contact media.

Social Media

To receive Fly-In news and updates, follow NAMM on Twitter and Facebook, and Mary Luehrsen on Twitter. NAMM member delegates are encouraged to tweet their Members of Congress. Find Twitter handles for Members of Congress here. Official hashtag: #NAMMFlyIn.

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


Sunday, May 20



Delegates participating in the Day of Service arrive

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Informal dinner for Day of Service Delegates at the Hyatt

Monday, May 21



Delegates not participating in the Day of Service arrive

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Breakfast and Day of Service at the Kennedy Center for volunteers

12:30 PM


Delegate lunch at the Hyatt

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Cocktail reception and dinner for Delegates and Guests at the Hyatt with keynote by Charlie Sykes, prominent news contributor, public speaker and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind

Tuesday, May 22

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Breakfast at the Hyatt for Delegates and Guests

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Delegate training at Nelson Mullins

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Reception and dinner for Delegates and Guests at Nelson Mullins

Wednesday, May 23

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Breakfast at the Hyatt for Delegates and Guests

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Delegate Capitol Hill visits

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


Delegate lunch in the Capitol

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Reception at the Capitol for Delegates and Guests

Thursday, May 24

8:00 AM


Breakfast at the Hyatt for Delegates and Guests

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


SupportMusic call and lunch at Nelson Mullins for Delegates

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

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