Music and the arts are vital to every child's education. SupportMusic provides tools and resources to advance community support for music education. You CAN make a difference!

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THE TIME IS NOW: Advocacy in the Spotlight!

The time is NOW to raise your voice about the importance of music education! Visit the links provided for free, downloadable resources to help you support music education in your community:

“Why Learn to Play Music” brochure
: communicates the benefits of music education – to school and community leaders, to parents, and to students. Includes new research and statistics showing how music makes a difference in a child’s education.

“Now More Than Ever” advocacy flyer:
a six-step, call-to-action for concerned citizens working together to counter budget cuts to music programs.

“Keep Music Education Strong” presentation supplement:
bilingual (Spanish & English) hand-out for school board meetings, community forums and to help activate parent-teacher groups.

Community Action Kit:
step-by-step guide and toolkit on how to set up a community music advocacy coalition. Includes power point presentations, PSAs, posters, mailers, petition and letter templates, sample media releases and more.

SupportMusic Webinar and Teleconference Archives

Each month the SupportMusic coalition holds a Webinar and Teleconference to share current advocacy actions and ideas from communities and schools nationally and abroad. Search archives to listen to audio or read transcripts.

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast LIVE from the 2014 NAMM Show

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast LIVE from the 2014 NAMM Show

The NAMM Foundation along with the SupportMusic Coalition Team want to thank all of you who participated in the SupportMusic webcast "LIVE" from the 2014 NAMM Show. If you were unable to attend live or view the live stream, please take a moment to replay the webcast.

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Do you believe music and the arts are vital to every child’s education? Become a SupportMusic Coalition Affiliate and join the thousands of organizations, schools, businesses working to keep Music Education Strong in their communities. Join the SupportMusic Coalition Affiliates today!

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast LIVE from the 2014 NAMM Show

Opening Performance by Bernie Williams, Latin-GRAMMY-nominated jazz guitarist, music education advocate and former N.Y. Yankee Champion

Moderated by Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation Executive Director with Special Guests

Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bernie Williams, Jazz Guitarist and NY Yankee Champion
Todd Rundgren, Musician, songwriter, and record producer
Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO

Kathy Fletcher, Director of Turnaround Arts of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities
Glen McCarthy, Music Educator and top Ten Finalist for the Grammy's Music Educator Award
Tim Tuten, Director of Special Projects, Partnership and Events of the US. Department of Education, Arne Duncan to the SupportMusic Coalition
Leaders of the Anaheim Project-a schoool and community effort to strengthn music education
National Arts Education Standards Update from Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education and Immediate Past President, State Eeudation Agency Directors of Arts Education, and David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Special presentation of the Don Johnson Service Award from MMR Magazine, Terry Lowe, Publisher

Secretary Duncan Addresses the SupportMusic Coalition

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan greets the SupportMusic Coalition at The 2014 NAMM Show, and applauds NAMM’s work to advance opportunities for the creative industries and to ensure a quality music education for every child.

UPDATE ON SCHOOLJAM USA – 2013 AND BEYOND

Thanks for your interest in School Jam USA. After careful consideration, NAMM has discontinued production of School Jam USA. We are grateful for all the teen bands and their fans who have followed the program and participated in online submissions and the finals event held for the past five years as part of the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January. NAMM support and involvement with teen music makers will continue via various national partnerships and presenting organizations.

Read The Latest CounterPoint Article

This month's CounterPoint article, Spring Advocacy Season is NOW! NAMM Members Reach Parents and Students With “Why Learn to Play Music?”, features several NAMM Members talking about how they use SupportMusic advocacy materials in their communities.

03.28.2013

The SupportMusic Coalition’s advocacy materials were developed to strengthen local advocacy efforts. You can use them at hometown events, at your school board meeting and when you visit elected officials. They are especially effective in reaching out to parents who may not fully grasp how important music education is for their children.

Join the effort of music education advocates working together to support a quality education for all children that includes music and the arts.

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