Tysons, VA – The North Carolina Music Educators Association was recognized Thursday, June 29th by their national association for their Excellence in Advocacy Award. The Nation Association for Music Education bestowed the award to NCMEA for their advocacy work over the previous year. Highlights include:
- The NCMEA participated in crafting education policy with the state ESSA draft having representation at six statewide public meetings.
- Making advocacy a priority, NCMEA focused on the issues of class size funding and music teacher licensure at the elementary level. They hired a lobbyist, who also happens to be a musician, to ensure NCMEA remains part of the conversation with legislators moving forward.
- NCMEA published an online interview with 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award winner Phillip Riggs and Scotty McCreery highlighting the importance of music educators in McCreery ‘s life. It’s available for use by advocates.
- NCMEA created the #musicmakesmeNC campaign to positively promote music education by focusing on how music is making a positive difference in students’ lives in North Carolina.
James Daugherty, NCMEA President said, “We want our legislators and citizens all across North Carolina to know how much music matters in our lives and how much it enriches our spirit.”