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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!


Arts Education for America’s Students

January 14, 2014

A Shared Endeavor

A Shared Endeavor is a recently released statement which represents a groundbreaking joint endeavor with twelve major arts organizations stemming from the Accord meeting in Washington D.C., May 2013.  A Shared Vision defines what quality arts education looks like at the local level, encourages partnerships, and calls on organizations and individuals to actively support and promote:   

  • Policies and resources for arts education.
  • Access to arts education for all students.
  • Collaboration between school-based arts educators, other subject area teachers, and community-based artists and arts educators.
  • Long-term advocacy partnership between all providers of arts education.  

A Shared Vision can be used in a multiple ways. Please share it with your administrators, colleagues, and community members. Encourage other educators to distribute the statement to education organizations. Be a leader and use Shared Vision to start a conversation at the local level, within your school and community.

The arts(1) are part of a balanced education, providing America’s learners with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive, college and career ready citizens. A core academic subject of learning,(2) the arts are supported by a rigorous set of voluntary national standards(3) and assessment frameworks(4) designed to improve and support arts learning. In addition, forty‐nine states support sequential arts learning in their public schools with state‐adopted arts standards.(5)

The American public values a quality arts education in our schools.(6) When America’s public schools invest in certified arts educators, students gain the opportunity for a sequential, standards‐based education in the arts. Certified non‐arts educators in schools expand students’ opportunities for arts learning by providing curricular connections among the arts and other subjects.(7) Furthermore, students gain deeper, additional standards‐based arts learning experiences through America’s cultural organizations, community arts organizations, and teaching artists. It is the convergence of the contributions of all partners and opportunities that provides a quality arts education for our students.

Despite the rich body of data(8 )demonstrating how students benefit from quality arts education, many American children lack access to it in their schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students in high poverty schools are more than twice as likely to have no access to the arts.(9) We believe that the inequity of access to quality arts education must be addressed. Too often, arts education is squeezed out of America’s public schools.

An education without the arts is inadequate. Therefore, we call on our public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students in all public schools by leveraging the expertise and experience of the partners involved in arts education. To this end, the signatories of this document will support efforts to:

  • Advance policies and resources that ensure access to arts education for all students— delivered by certified arts educators—and that develop artistic literacy through a sequential, standards‐based arts education.
  • Ensure that all students have access to in‐school and community arts learning opportunities that add value to a standards‐based PK‐12 education in America’s public schools.
  • Encourage certified arts educators, community arts providers and certified non‐ arts educators to provide quality arts education for their students by collaborating together in support of improved instructional and classroom practices.
  • Foster proactive, long‐term advocacy collaborations among certified arts educators, community arts providers, and certified non‐arts educators that engage parents, school leaders, and other key stakeholders to support student access to high‐quality arts education throughout the school and community.

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1 The arts are defined here as dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts, following the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, Each state defines the arts differently within statute. Reference http://www.aep‐
research‐policy/state‐policy‐database/ for further state information.
2 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IX, Section 9101, 11,; http://www.aep‐‐content/uploads/2012/07/State‐of‐the‐states‐2012‐FINAL.pdf
3 http://artsedge.kennedy‐                                                     4                                                        5 http://www.aep‐‐content/uploads/2012/07/State‐of‐the‐states‐2012‐FINAL.pdf
6 Americans for the Arts (2005), “New Harris Poll Reveals That 93% of Americans Believe That the Arts Are Vital to Providing a Well Rounded Education,”‐releases/2005/06/New‐Harris%20Poll‐
7‐%20final%20report1.pdf/404993792/Arts%20and%20 Common%20Core%20‐%20final%20report1.pdf
8‐program/networks‐and‐councils/arts‐education‐network/tools‐resources/arts‐ed‐navigator/ facts
9 http://www.aep‐‐2/report‐arts‐education‐in‐public‐elementary‐and‐secondary‐schools/

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