Music Education Advocacy

Help Keep Music Alive and a Vital Part of Your Schools 

Here is a chance to learn about what you can do to keep music programs alive in your schools. VIsit the websites of these organizations and other advocacy resources to educate yourself on keeping music alive in your schools. 

Learn why Arts Education is Essential for all students and how you can use these talking points in your own community.

Find more resources related to the pandemic and music education on our COVID-19 Resource Page

Pennsylvania Resources

Every Student Succeeds Act Federal Title IV Funding Resources

Other Helpful Arts Education Resources

 Advocacy News

June 25, 2020 – Progressive Music Joins Other National Organizations to  Support Arts Education as Essential for All Students
May 24, 2019 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
May 29, 2018 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
November 17, 2017 – Learn how to advocate for your arts education program in this session from the 2017 Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Symposium
May 30, 2017 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
January 13, 2017 – Progressive Music Joins With Other Organizations In Submitting Music Education Comments to President Elect Trump
May 29, 2016 – Pennsylvania Music Education Advocacy News
April 14, 2016 – US Secretary of Education John B. King’s Call for Return to Well-Rounded Education for All Students
January 6, 2016 – Pennsylvania Budget News
December 10, 2015 – Federal and State Music Education Policy News
July 28, 2015 – Music Education Advocacy News
May 19, 2015 – New NAMM Foundation Study Shows Parents and Teachers in Harmony About Students Learning Music

Tips For Success

Supporting Music Education: Choose to Teach
Support Music Education: Audience Guidelines
Supporting Music Education: Concert Thoughts
Supporting Music Education: Expanding the Learning Power of Music
Support Music Education: Helping Teachers Succeed
Supporting Music Education: Work with the Best!
Supporting Music Education: The Art of Teaching
Supporting Music Education: Critical Factors for a Successful Program
Telling the Story: What Administrators Can Do
Telling the Story: Proactive is Better than Reactive
Telling the Story: What Research Shows
 Telling the Story: Music Impacts Learning and Way of Life
Telling the Story: Advocating for Music Education
Telling the Story: Communicating with Your Community
Telling The Story: Great Ways To Get Your Message Out
The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Maximizing Fiscal Opportunities
The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Preparing an Instrument Replacement Plan
The Business Side of Teaching Music: Fiscal Procedures
The Business Side of Teaching Music: Choosing A School Music Dealer
The Business Side of Teaching Music: Working With Administrators
Focusing on the Classroom: Recruiting and Retaining Students
Focus on the Classroom: Know the Territory
Focus on the Classroom: A Checklist for Teachers



Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With over 45 years of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.


The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council‘s goal is to expand the reach, influence and effectiveness of the region’s diverse and vibrant cultural community through programs, services, and advocacy.


NAfME: The National Association for Music Education provides information and advocacy tips. NAfME is the professional organization for music educators.

Music and the arts are vital to every child’s education. Is your child’s music program in danger of being cut? The SupportMusic Coalition offers effective tips for taking action and the latest evidence of music’s importance. Revive your community’s commitment. Use The SupportMusic Coalition site to face the challenge head on. You CAN make a difference.