MA Advocacy Action Items

Massachusetts Advocacy Action Items

The list below includes specific action items and asks for each group of stakeholders. We ask that all music educators take these actions, as well as encourage the parents of your students to take these actions. 


First, everyone should sign this pledge:  

Encourage parents, administration, and all stakeholders mentioned below to also sign the pledge. Share on social media! 


US Congress Asks




Commonwealth Legislative Asks








School District Asks



Funding Information


MA Cares Act Funding Guidelines: 


MASS Funds Tracker: 


ESSER Round 1:

ESSER Round 2: 


DESE Representative: 


Dawn Benski

Arts Content Support Lead | Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

75 Pleasant St | Malden, MA 02148


Research and Information Resources

CDC Guidelines: 


Aerosol Study: 


Reasons to Use Funds In Music: 






Action Item Resources 


Arts ARE Education sign the pledge: 


Write your US Rep:


Write your state rep: 


School Board Resolution: 

Other Considerations

“Learning Loss”

School districts nationwide are all looking at ways to measure and combat “learning loss” and we need to make sure music education is at this table. We must remain vigilant that learning loss has affected all subjects and that there should not be any pull outs or academic remediation that affects music or other arts. 



Learning from home has made all schools realize the power of Social Emotional Learning and as we start to return safely, we should be incorporating SEL and making sure our administration knows the positive SEL benefits of music-making. This is an amazing resource for arts and SEL:  



Pay attention to your school district budget process and make sure they are applying for ESSER funds. While districts may be underfunded due to loss of tax revenue from COVID closures


Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492