On June 28, 2018, more than 300 music education advocates visited their U.S. senators and representatives to advocate for music education. The day began with a music education rally at the Hart Senate Office Building during which Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-7) was presented the NAfME 2018 Music Education Champion Award. Rep. Velazquez discussed the importance of music education in her life and the need for all students to receive an equitable music education program in their own schools. To that end, she introduced the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act (H.R. 6137). NAfME Policy Advisor Tooshar Swain also announced the bipartisan, bicameral African American Music Appreciation congressional resolution. Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5) introduced the resolution (H.Res.974) along with Congresswoman Mia Love (UT-4) and 29 additional cosponsors. On the Senate side, Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Kamala Harris (CA) introduced companion resolution (S.Res.559) with 7 cosponsors.
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