Music Ed Community Lobbies
in Springfield, Illinois

On March 13, 10 professionals from the music education community drove into Springfield, Illinois, the state capitol, to lobby elected officials on behalf of the benefits of music education. In honor of Music Education Day, the group met with more than 50 state lawmakers during the day and had plenty to talk about, including a thank you to legislators for being on the cutting edge of education policy making.

With the new Every Student Succeeds Act, states have been given greater control to develop and submit their own statewide education plans. Illinois is one of only two states (the other being Massachusetts) to include the arts as a distinct indicator in measuring school quality.

Making the trip were, from left, Frank Alkyer, publisher, DownBeat, Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines; Lori Evenhouse, programs manager, Illinois Music Educators Association; Geoge Quinlan, president and CEO, Quinlan & Fabish Music; Beth Houlihan, president, Kidder Music; Gary Winder, vice president, sales and marketing, Dansr; Justin Sisul, MED division president, ILMEA; Jake Stouffer, state president, ILMEA; Darcy Nendza, executive director, ILMEA; Chip Staley, renown music educator and founder of ARTSpeaks; and Jonathan Breen, president, The Music Shoppe.