NYSSMA Government Relations & Advocacy Committees 


Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff
NYSSMA Government Relations
Committee Chair

 Come to Albany!

 Announcing the 45th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany!

Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:00AM

Our Day in Albany is less than a week away!

Make your Legislative visit appointments and travel plans now!

Click here for the Day in Albany schedule: 2018DIASched

Click here to download and print your Day in Albany Info Packet:


(The Albany Information Packet contains the Schedule, Information for Legislators, NYSSMA Fact Sheet, Support Data for the Info. for Legislators letter, Albany Top 1o Tips and a map of the Capitol.  If you have problems opening the packet, please write me at [email protected] and I will email it to you.  Thanks, Alan)

 Please join your fellow NYSSMA members at the 45th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany. 

There are so many issues swirling around, and so much at stake for the future of Music Education in New York as well as for our entire Nation.  Please, make plans to come to Albany. 

Visit your Assembly and Senate members with other members of your county.

Hear our incredible All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz ensembles as they perform at the Capitol to “kick off” Music in Our Schools Month.  Celebrate the more than 2500 music students from all over our state who will perform during the entire month of March!

Enjoy our Concert and Reception from 5:00-7:00 pm in Capitol Conference Center Room 6 (by The Egg) to celebrate the completion of this most important political effort.

Let’s let Albany know just how much we accomplished this year!  Tell them about Joe, and how his vision created a uniquely New York event that grew from a day to a week to a month now celebrated in every state of the union and Europe too!  Above all, come help us represent the almost 2 million school music students of New York State and help advocate to preserve a high quality, comprehensive, sequential, multi-discipline Music education taught by a certified Music Teacher.  Let’s help them create the robust music programs demanded by ESSA!

Don’t be caught up in political exhaustion. Now more than ever we need NYSSMA members in Albany advocating for our kids.

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The future of music education in the state of New York is dependent on the support of educators, parents, students, communities, legislators, and support groups. This new area on the NYSSMA Web Site features important advocacy information to aid in supporting music education at the local level. The NYSSMA Government Relations Committee presents the information on this web site to assist music educators and parents in supporting the right of every student to receive a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, high-quality program of music taught by a qualified music teacher.  Please credit the source when using this information in your advocacy efforts.

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