National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is co-hosting arts events at the 2012 national political conventions in partnership with Americans for the Arts, The Recording Academy, The United States Conference of Mayors and the local arts councils.National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is co-hosting arts events at the 2012 national political conventions in partnership with Americans for the Arts, The Recording Academy, The United States Conference of Mayors and the local arts councils. The events, including a policy conversation and a concert, are designed to highlight the important role of arts and arts education in public policy as the major political parties lay out their visions for the future. 

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee served as lead moderator with speakers including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, and former New York Yankee and Latin Grammy Award-nominated artist Bernie Williams.

At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 4th, ARTSSpeak will take place from 3-4:15 p.m. at the Mint Museum. Featured speakers include N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda Carlisle; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley; Lynch and Williams.

To learn more, check www.artsactionfund.org.


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