NYSSMA Government Relations & Advocacy Committees 


Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff
NYSSMA Government Relations
Committee Chair

 Come to the 46th Annual Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany, March 4, 2019!

This year, our annual “Trek to the Hill” goes beyond presenting Music in Our Schools Month with a new extremely important goal, that of meeting and creating relationships with many new legislators who are serving their first terms after the mid-term elections. 

Many hundreds of NYSSMA members from around the state have contacted me to tell me they will be attending.  If you have not yet scheduled your participation, please contact your county political chairs and make arrangements to join them.  I’ve put a link to the day’s schedule below.  Just scroll down to download.

We will have all of this year’s paperwork and the all-important “Ask” sheet ready shortly.  I will put the documents on this page for downloading as well as send copies to all County Presidents and Zone Reps. You will have time to review them and plan on your visitation strategies.  If you are going and have not made appointments with your Assembly and Senate representatives, please make these appointments soon.  Invitations to all our representatives in Albany will arrive at their offices in the next few days, so they will know ahead of time what your appointment request is about.  If, for some reason, they did not receive an invitation, please invite them to our All-State Jazz Ensemble concert, South Concourse, 11:30 – 1:00, or to our Gala Evening Reception and Concert, 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Conference Room 6 of the Capitol Conference Center (by the entrance to 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

2019 Joseph R. Sugar NYSSMA Day in Albany Schedule

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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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