Arts Advocacy

  • CMEA Offers Statement on STEAM

    Mike Lawson | August 27, 2014

    This August, the California Music Educators Association issued a statement on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education.

    “As a result of Governor Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, California now has the opportunity to provide all students with a sequential, standards-based education in music and the arts,” said CMEA president Michael Stone,


    Here’s the statement in full:

    As Californians, we task our children to be career-ready innovators capable of creating a future that will sustain the largest and most innovative economy in the Nation. Our educational system also values educating our young people so that they become lifelong learners and citizens who actively participate in our democracy. Training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are key to producing the next generation of problem solvers in California.

  • Stand for the Arts

    Mike Lawson | June 25, 2014Arts advocacy group Stand for the Arts, an initiative launched by arts network Ovation, recently released a PSA in support of the arts:   {youtube}CBYaA3pB06o{/youtube}     Stand For The Arts is a national initiative to raise awareness, protect access, and encourage action on behalf of the arts.     Read More...
  • NAMM’s 2014 D.C. Fly-In

    Mike Lawson | May 22, 2014

    Coalition Descends on the Capitol to Lobby Congress About Making Music Education Available to All Children

    The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), music industry leaders, educators, and musicians preached to Congressional leaders about the importance of providing quality, comprehensive music education to all children during NAMM’s annual D.C. Fly-In, which began on May 21. The event allows the music industry to perpetuate the vision of a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught – and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right. This year’s Fly-In, the largest ever, included a day of service at Savoy Elementary, advocacy training at the Kennedy Center, a celebration of Turnaround Arts at the Library of Congress, and more than 100 meetings with Members of Congress.

    Sixty-five NAMM members, STEAM Caucus co-chair Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, auditory learning expert Dr. Nina Kraus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, former New York Yankee, Latin GRAMMY-nominated musician Bernie Williams, and actor Doc Shaw fortified the tenth annual event, which reinforces the importance of music education for all children.

  • Perspective: A Microcosm of MIOSM

    Mike Lawson | March 12, 2014

    March has been designated as “Music In Our Schools Month” by NAfME, with the support of a host of other like-minded organizations. Some may scoff at this, as for so many teachers and students, the same could be said about every month during the school year. Is it any more meaningful than those ubiquitous, self-declared statements about the “official beverage of summer” or “official snack of hard working people”?

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