Music For All Launches Advocacy in Action Awards

Broken arrow engagement

Music For All, the parent organization of Bands of America and many other music education programs, has announced the Advocacy in Action Awards, a new program to celebrate outstanding acts of music advocacy.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications. Let’s get practical,” says Eric Martin, president & CEO of Music for All.

The Advocacy in Action Awards will collect examples of best practices for music education advocacy across the United States in six categories. The winners will be recognized and promoted in Music For All print materials and at all of their events to inspire other music programs.

The six categories are:

  • Decision-Maker Interaction
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Community Engagement
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Parent & Booster Involvement
  • Fundraising & Sponsorship
All music groups (band, orchestra, or choir) are invited to participate. If your advocacy effort doesn’t quite fit into the current categories you can still apply. If you or your group has made great strides in advocacy, please go to to learn more, view examples, and share your accomplishments.


Photo: Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School’s community engagement, recognized by Music For All. 

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.