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Advocacy Chair Resources

Advocacy Chair Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the Advocacy Chair to manage and actively promote the participation of members in state and local legislative affairs that affect the field of Music Education and to keep membership apprised of any such affairs taking place in the Florida or national legislature. The Advocacy Chair should also manage and actively promote participation of members within their CNAfME chapter, and aid the Executive Board in membership recruitment and CNAfME advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Events

  • Going to a school board meeting and making your chapter known to the county in which you are in. See Document Below.

  • Working along with Tri-M chapters within your school district!

  • Going to meet your local state senator or representative to discuss legislation that affects the current state of education.

  • Hosting an advocacy event and inviting local lawmakers or school board members to attend (advocacy discussion, fine arts discussion etc.)

Recruitment Events

  • Having professional development seminars/speakers that help with the matriculation of current students (how to build a resume, mock interviews, etc)

  • Doing events in conjunction with other clubs and organizations on campus!

  • Making sure all events are publicized well!

  • Making sure that events are DIVERSE in content and hosting events with variety (not strictly instrumental, choral, orchestral).

  • Get your chapter’s name out there on your campus - if people don't know you exist, they won't join!

  • Having events that are OPEN to the whole music department or school/college of music (karaoke night, game show/night, etc.)

    • ​Yes, we are an organization specifically designed for music education majors, but including people outside of our career field gives us more credibility and more advocates in society. Music education is an amazing experience that everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of; if we can make more people understand how important it is to us, we’ll be able to do more and go farther.

  • Make meetings accessible to non-music majors.

    • If your chapter normally meets during a music education forum or lab time, try to schedule a couple of meetings outside those hours that work with other students’ schedules (evenings, weekends, etc.)

  • Provide food at your meetings (if financially feasible for your chapter)

    • This will not only encourage attendance, but also make meetings more enjoyable for those who do attend

  • Make time for bonding/socializing between chapter members

    • These are your peers, and eventually, your colleagues in the workforce, so it’s good to know that you’re in this together.

    • Having events that are OPEN to the whole music department or school/college of music (karaoke night, game show/night, etc.)

    • Doing events in conjunction with other clubs and organizations on campus!

    • Making sure that events are DIVERSE in content and hosting events with variety (not strictly instrumental, choral, orchestral).​

 
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