April 24, 2020

Federal emergency funding provided in the CARES Act is now available to states through block grants and emergency relief resources intended to support the new costs of adapting to learning needs amid the COVID-19 crisis. Funds are primarily targeted to Title I schools, and state and local education policy leaders are given opportunities to choose how to direct these COVID-19 relief resources. As orchestras continue to partner with schools to support music education in new ways, it is critical to speak up in support of arts learning opportunities and to also take stock of the essential skills of teaching artists that orchestras partner with to address learning and youth development opportunities for student populations. The League serves on the advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, which is hosting a collection of resources related to arts education and COVID-19.

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