Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
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January 11, 2016IM -
More school-aged children nationwide will have access to music and the arts, thanks to Congress’s inclusion of both as part of a well-rounded education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) December 9 with a vote of 85 to 12. The president signed the bill into law December 10.
In addition to explicitly listing music in the components of a well-rounded education, the bill also protects students’ music and arts class time and provides new opportunities for music and arts education through formula funding grants. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), hundreds of NAMM members, and music industry leaders have spent years meeting with Congressional leaders on the importance of every child having access to music in schools. By passage of this act, Congress has shown that it too believes in music as part of a well-rounded education that should be available to all students.
The ESSA replaces the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. The new bill’s inclusion of music and arts in the definition of a “well-rounded education” marks an unprecedented step forward for music education, as it connects to a variety of significant other provisions in ESSA.