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.

NOVEMBER 19, 2021

After months of waiting, the conference budget emerged this week and moved quickly. By Thursday afternoon, the House and Senate had approved the proposed state budget, and Governor Cooper had signed it. That makes it the first budget that Governor Cooper has signed.

The budget spends $25.9 billion this fiscal year and $27 billion next year and several billion dollars more in federal COVID-19 relief. The budget contains tax cuts and eliminates the corporate income tax – but not until after 2029, which is a longer timeframe than originally envisioned.

The budget includes significant investments in education, including long-awaited raises for public school teachers, an average raise of 5% over two years. The budget also creates a new $100 million program of teacher supplemental allotments for teachers in 95 counties. The supplements would range from $490 to $4,250 per teacher. The budget also includes the ADM (average daily membership) hold harmless provision that NCMEA advocated being included in the budget. This provision provides that the State Board of Education shall not reduce allocations to applicable public school units due to a discrepancy between their actual and anticipated average daily membership. In other words, local school districts will not lose funds if the number of students falls below the anticipated ADM.

Additional provisions include:

  • 5% average raise over two years for public school teachers and state employees
  • 5% state and teacher retiree cost-of-living bonuses over two years
  • A $2,800 bonus for most teachers
  • $1.2 million for teachers to pursue National Board certification
  • An additional $1.5 billion more in recurring funds for K-12 public schools
  • Provides $15-per-hour minimum wage for all local employees of public schools and community colleges beginning in 2022-23
  • Ends the requirement that teachers pay for a substitute teacher to cover their classes when they take personal leave on a school day
  • $14 million for cybersecurity
  • Funds the school business modernization for public school units
  • $36 million for grants for after school and before school programs
  • $36 million for summer school extension programs

As the 2021 General Assembly Long Session comes to an end, we look forward to a productive 2022 Short Session and opportunities to celebrate music educators across North Carolina.

2021 Legislative Session

Advocacy Legislative Agenda – January 2021

List of Senate & House Appropriation Committee Members

Lobbyist Reports

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.

NCMEA Music Educators Advocacy Toolkit – (Updated 12/3/19)

Everything ESSA

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.

Title IV, Part A Toolkit and FAQ

To learn more about how ESSA funding works see NAfME’s Title IV, Part A Toolkit and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Presentation from NCMEA District Meeting

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.