Last week, the National Association for Music Education capped off its annual Hill Day event, with over 200 music education advocates coming to Washington D.C to meet with their members of Congress and their staff.
IMEA’s representatives met with or dropped off material with 100% of Indiana’s Congressional delegation, marking the second year that this had been done. IMEA was able to hold in depth discussions and meet directly with 5 of Indiana’s Representatives including Senator Donnelly, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer and Rep. Andre Carson.
This was our largest and most successful Hill Day event to date! With over 7 state MEAs, 70 collegiate members, several members of the Music Education Policy Roundtable, and special guests from rock band San Fermin, were in attendance and participated in meetings!
* Roughly 180 meetings were conducted with Representatives, Senators, and their staff;
* Over 200 attended the Hill Day congressional briefing: “Beyond the Bubbles: The Benefits of a Broader Minded Education,” including congressional staff and Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Bobby Scott (D-VA-03)
* Two television interviews were conducted, highlighting the impact of Hill Day efforts;
* 1,679 posts on social media utilizing the #NAfMEHD15 hashtag;
* 1,249 social media engagements (likes, retweets);
* Social media efforts reached 7.2 million people;
A full in-depth recap of our 2015 Hill Day can be found on our NAfME Advocacy Groundswell Blog.
As we move forward, the Senate plans to take up its ESEA reauthorization on the floor, Tuesday, July 7th. We will continue to keep you updated with floor proceedings, so be sure to buckle up for an exciting month for music education policy! Also, make sure to renew your membership to keep receiving NAfME and IMEA communications!