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June 17, 2020

Late last month, the League joined a group of more than 50 national organizations that collaborated to issue a statement of support for arts education particularly in the context of COVID-19. The message in “Arts Education Is Essential” (PDF) highlights some of the key benefits of arts education that are of critical value now more than ever: social and emotional well-being of students, a welcoming learning environment that encourages student expression in a safe and positive way, and a well-rounded education for all students. With extremely challenging public education funding forecasts at the local, state, and federal level, it is critical to step up advocacy in support of music education in local schools. Review the growing list of national signatories to find local stakeholders that can be strong partners in education advocacy efforts.

This statement is the latest in the League’s coalition efforts on advocating for arts education. Visit our Music Education Advocacy Tools for a wide array of resources, and don’t forget to check whether your orchestra has signed onto our statement of common cause, Orchestras Support In-School Music Education.

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