Progressive Music Endorses Rep. Velazquez’s GAAME Act of 2017

Progressive Music is pleased to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY-7) Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act (H.R. 6137), released this week. Often, students of color and students in low-income neighborhoods do not share the same access to a high-quality music and arts education. If passed, this legislation would provide articulating language to encourage school districts to use their Title I, Part A Funds (school-wide and targeted assistance grants) to improve access to music and arts education for disadvantaged and low-income students, taught by certified music educators. The GAAME Act is co-lead by Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and has thirty-seven original cosponsors from across the country.

In addition to Progressive Music’s support, the following members of the Music Education Policy Roundtable have endorsed the GAAME Act:

National Association for Music Education American Choral Directors Association
American Orff-Schulwerk Association American School Band Directors Association
American String Teachers Association Barbershop Harmony Society
Chorus America College Band Directors National Association
Conn-Selmer Drum Corps International
Education Through Music Gordon Institute for Music Learning
Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association J. W. Pepper & Son
Jazz at Lincoln Center Little Kids Rock
Music for All Music Publishers Association
Music Teachers National Association National Association of Music Merchants
National Association of Music Parents National Federation of State High School Associations
National Music Council Organization of American Kodály Educators
Percussive Arts Society Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Progressive Music Quadrant Arts Education Research
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music Strathmore Hall Foundation
VH1 Save the Music Foundation Winter Guard International

We applaud the Congresswoman for her continuing leadership in supporting music and arts education.

A full copy of the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education Act can be found here. Additionally, an associated press release issued by the Office of Congresswoman Velazquez can be found here.