NYSSMA Government Relations & Advocacy Committees 

Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff
NYSSMA Government Relations
Committee Chair

Announcing the 50th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany!

Gala 50th Anniversary Celebration – March 6, 2023


This year’s 50th Anniversary Day in Albany will take place on Monday, March 6, 2023.  After two years of virtual events, we are excited to be going back to Albany in person for our legislative visits, meetings, and concerts. We ask you to put this date in your calendars today, arrange with your school administration to have a professional day, and make plans to join your fellow NYSSMA members in Albany to meet with our legislators and celebrate 50 years of NYSSMA in Albany.

The GRC has already started work on information letters, schedules, and ask information for March 6th. These will be ready on or about October 3rd. Watch this page for posts as information becomes available. 


Joseph R Sugar Day Information


10 Tips for Legislative Visits

Everything ESSA link

The following “Swiss Cheese’ letter formats are for you to send as a private citizen, not on behalf of NYSSMA

S4525 – A1788 Swiss Cheese Instructions and Letter

SED Music Associate Swiss Cheese Letter




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 website 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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