NCMEA Strategic Direction
Inform, engage, and activate the public, policymakers and educational leaders to promote and support music as an integral and core component of a comprehensive and balanced education accessible to all students.
Read our official Advocacy Position statement here.
Enumerating the Importance of African American Music Beyond the Moment
A Call for Advocacy, Reflection, and Action–June 2020
In August 2019, NAfME endorsed a second bicameral resolution to celebrate the musical contributions of African Americans to United States culture and history. The resolution highlights the importance of increasing African American students’ broad participation in music education, as well as recognizing June as African American Music Appreciation Month.
While first decreed in the Carter administration as Black Music Month, it was not until 2000 that the first congressional resolution to officially commemorate African American music formally established African American Music Appreciation Month.
As NCMEA celebrates our fiftieth anniversary we want to celebrate and recognize the significant milestones and struggles of the African American music experience within North Carolina. There is no question that the power of African American music has defined the American experience and we also know from our own beginnings that strong leadership from within African American music associations paved the way for NCMEA to form.
Read the full document here:
Enumerating the Importance of African American Music Beyond the Moment.
2020 Legislative Session
- September 8, 2020 – The Legislative Education Update
- May 4, 2020 – The Legislative Education Update
- April 6, 2020 – The Legislative Update
2019 Legislative Session
- November 22, 2019 – The Legislature Adjourned November 15
- July 1, 2019 – The General Assembly’s Budget Summary
- June 10, 2019 – The Senate’s Proposed Education Budget
- May 12, 2019
Music In Our Schools Month 2019 Proclamations
- North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proclaims Music In Our Schools Month
- North Carolina State Board of Education Proclamation in support of Arts In Our Schools Month
- NAfME’s Advocacy Page for Music In Our Schools Month
NCMEA Music Educators Advocacy Toolkit – (Updated 12/3/19)
After years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, Congress has put No Child Left Behind away for good and passed by an overwhelming majority a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA’s passage is an historic victory for music education advocates, because it includes for the first time a specific and separate mention of music as a part of a ‘well-rounded education.’ More information can be found at NAfME’s ESSA page.
To learn more about how ESSA funding works see NAfME’s Title IV, Part A Toolkit and get answers to frequently asked questions.
This document briefly explains the current situation regarding ESSA, SSAE (Title IV, Part A), the funding distribution for LEA’s & next steps for NCMEA members.
- What You Need to Know – A guide for becoming an effective advocate for music education
- Archive of NCMEA Position Statements and Legislative Updates