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Relief Funding for Music

April 16, 2021

Information from NAfME

The National Association for Music Education website includes on their blog a post about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Read the entire post at THIS LINK. Excerpts below.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding is currently on its way to school districts across the United States. This funding, passed by Congress in December as part of a COVID-19 relief bill, amounts to approximately $54.3 billion of support for K-12 schools.

How can COVID relief funding support music education? 

The law identifies 12 types of spending as allowable uses of ESSER funds, the first of which is “any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965” and other federal education laws. This means that if funding an activity is authorized under any well-rounded education programs, such as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant authorized under Title IV-A of ESSA, that purchase would be allowable with ESSER funds as well. Other federal laws for which ESSER funds can be used include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education

On Tuesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. a webinar will be provided for you to learn more. Called How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education. The American Rescue Plan Act includes $126 billion for K-12 education. These funds can help support music education programs which may need additional assistance due to the pandemic and education budget shortfalls. In addition, the funds can also help more students participate in music and arts education. Join NAMM, the NFHS, and NAfME in this interactive webinar to learn about how much stimulus funding your state is getting, hear from those who have successfully used prior stimulus dollars to support students and music programs, and identify the people in your district who can help you make the case and access funds to support and sustain music and arts education. To attend please REGISTER HERE!

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