What’s Your Group Doing For Music In Our Schools Month?

March is National Association for Music Education’s Music In Our Schools Month, an annual celebration which, according to NAFME, “engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.”

The National Education Association provides some useful teacher resources in the form of lesson plans but I’m curious to know what your group is up to for #‎MIOSM2016.

I know one of my clients, Venture Platform user Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, has a terrific page dedicated to the event explaining what the event is all about, providing a listing of their related events, and some very nice advocacy resources in the form of downloadable letters of support patrons can customize and send to their respective school districts. They provide links for finding local elected officials along with additional resources for current music education legislation. There’s also a section highlighting their musicians who also work as school music teachers.


I’m curious to know what your group is up to.

Take a moment to leave details in the comments and be sure to leave links to your organization’s efforts.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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