Public Affairs & Government Relations

NAMM stands for its Members every day by providing ongoing representation in Washington, D.C. on issues that impact the music products industry, including:

  • Music education and education reform legislation and funding
  • Small business health insurance legislation
  • Estate tax reform
  • Import/export laws
  • E-commerce tax reform

Advancing Music: Public Policy, Music Education and Music Making
A blog by Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations

Don't Miss These Upcoming Public Affairs Events

IP Academy 

NAMM Members have the opportunity to participate in a free two-day, Intellectual Property (IP) Academy April 8 and 9, 2015, at the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia.  In its third year, the program is designed to help attendees understand strategies and to protect and manage IP, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, domestically and abroad.  Speakers will include intellectual property experts from the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as guest speakers from the private sector.    

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NAMM Advocacy Fly-In 2015

Join other NAMM Members for the 2015 Advocacy Fly-In, May 18 – 21, 2015.  The 2015 NAMM Advocacy Fly-In advances NAMM's core advocacy theme: music education and legislation that advances access to music education for all children. All Fly-In delegates will be asked to contact Members of Congress in the weeks prior to May 18 to schedule meetings with Representatives or their staff.

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Optional Day of Service, Monday, May 18: the 2015 Advocacy Fly-in will feature an opportunity for NAMM Members to join together for a day of service at a school in Washington DC.  NAMM will celebrate and support the music education program in the local area. All NAMM Members participating in music learning activities are encouraged to consider an equipment or materials donation to the school; donations will be coordinated by NAMM Staff regarding shipment and delivery to the school.

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules

February 27, 2015

On Feb. 26, 2015 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved a new set of rules for how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) manage internet traffic and access. The...

Track the ESEA Reauthorization Bill

Updated on February 25, 2015

Congressional leadership has indicated that the 114th Congress will make education reform...

Marketplace Fairness Coalition Addresses Draft Legislation

February 9, 2015

Last month the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, of which NAMM is a member of, sent a letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. The...

Massachusetts Enacts Instrument Sterilization Law

February 3, 2015

Massachusetts has enacted legislation (Chapter 477 Acts 2014) which requires state public or charter schools which issue wind instruments to k-12 students to inform...

California Proposes Amendments to Prop 65 Labeling

February 3, 2015

A major overhaul of the labeling requirements applicable to California's Proposition 65 is open for public comment until April 8.  The proposal from the California...

UPDATED: New Ivory Ban Legislation Introduced in California

Updated on February 3, 2015

Ivory Ban Legislation Introduced in Several States 

On the heels of ivory ban laws enacted last year in New Jersey and New...

Don't Miss These Upcoming Public Affairs Events

IP Academy 

NAMM Members have the opportunity to participate in a free two-day, Intellectual Property (IP) Academy April 8 and 9, 2015, at the...

Don't Miss These Events at The 2015 NAMM Show!

Day of Service 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
8 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
John Marshall Elementary
Anaheim, CA

The Day of Service is an opportunity for NAMM members to come together to...

Get the Recognition Your Music Program Deserves

Survey Recognizes Schools and Districts for Commitment to Music Education 

The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education program is open for business to ...

JUST THE FACTS, PLEASE - Import and Export FAQs

The Import Export Forum held at Summer NAMM once again revealed the complexity of import/export regulations and uncertainties about permitting and licensing of materials and products.  As part on ongoing efforts to support and...

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