NYSSMA Government Relations & Advocacy Committees 


Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff
NYSSMA Government Relations
Committee Chair

 Come to the 47th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany, March 2, 2020!

When Joe Sugar created Music in our Schools Day 47 years ago, he could not have imagined that this uniquely New York event would become a month-long International celebration.  This year we are very hopeful that there will be groundbreaking legislation introduced during the 2020 session for us to support, legislation that has the potential to change the way Music Education is supported by our State Government and it’s Education Department.

Many hundreds of NYSSMA members from around the state will be attending.  Now is the time for you to make the decision to come to Albany and help kick off Music in our Schools Month.  Join your colleagues and help bring NYSSMA’s message of the importance of music education in the lives of our students to the legislators that represent them, their families and all of us.  Please contact your county political chairs and make arrangements to join them.  

In February all the documents pertaining to our Day in Albany will be posted on this page for downloading. Copies will be sent to all County Presidents and Zone Reps for distribution as well. You will have time to review them and plan on your legislative visitation strategies.   Participants must make appointments with their Assembly and Senate representatives.  Invitations to all our representatives in Albany will be sent as soon as the new session opens in January, so they will know ahead of time what your appointment request is about.  Please invite them to our All-State Jazz Ensemble concert, South Concourse, 11:30 – 12:30 and the luncheon that follows, or to our Gala Evening Reception and Concert, 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Conference Room 6 of the Capitol Conference Center (by the Egg).

I look forward to greeting you in Albany, and working with you to get out our message: 

Making the Magic of Music Education Accessible to All!

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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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