Orchestras in Advocacy
The statement of common cause, Orchestras Support In-School Music Education, was drafted with input from more than 50 orchestras and reflects a collective opportunity for all orchestras to take individual, community-specific action to improve access to music education in schools nationwide. The League is encouraging all adult and youth orchestras to endorse this statement of common cause, take action in their own communities, and share information about their advocacy experiences.
This article by Jesse Rosen and Heather Noonan is excerpted from the Fall 2012 issue of SYMPHONY magazine. “’Enough’ is Not Enough” addresses the disparity that persists in our nation’s schools when it comes to the availability of a complete arts education for all students; the students who have the most to gain from an arts education have the least access to arts learning. The article urges orchestras to get involved
This article by Karin Brookes is excerpted from the July/August 2005 issue of SYMPHONY magazine. "Rally the Troops" describes how orchestras can get involved in music education advocacy at the local level, provides tips for coalition-building, and includes further links to online advocacy resources.
The most important education policy decisions are made at the local level, in your community, and by your state legislators. The best advocate for the arts is not the full-time lobbyist in Washington or the state capitol - it's you: the orchestra volunteer, the trustee, the musician, the staff member, the audience. The League has updated "Best Defense: A Guide for Orchestra Advocates," by John D. Sparks, offering simple, easy-to-read advice on how to build successful relationships with policymakers.
This guide answers frequently-asked questions about America's more than 1,800 symphony orchestras. Each orchestra tells its own story. In your advocacy efforts, review Orchestra Facts for a national snapshot of the role orchestras play in music education, and music education advocacy.