ADVOCACY = The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; ACTIVE SUPPORT
Draft press releases to cultivate local press around your concerts/ performances/festival participation.
2009 Harris Poll -
89% of school principals feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.
Arrange for ensemble performances in highly trafficked public places – like commuting hubs/grocery stores.
VISIBILITY = VALIDITY
2006 Gallup Poll -
“More than 94% of Americans believe that music is a key component to a child’s well-rounded education.
Keep all advocacy student centered. Encourage parents and community members to become advocates for your school music programs and form a local coalition. For detailed information on building a coalition, please visit – www.supportmusic.com
Write a letter to your Member of Congress about the value of music education in your community. List upcoming local school music event and invite him or her to attend.
BE DATA DRIVEN. ALWAYS STUDENT CENTERED.
Nashville Study Links Music Education to Student Success!
Learn more here: http://musicmakesus.org/resources/research