NYSSMA Government Relations & Advocacy Committees 


Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff
NYSSMA Government Relations
Committee Chair


82nd Winter Conference, Nov. 30th-Dec.3rd

The 82nd Annual NYSSMA Winter Conference is only 10 days away.  I look forward to seeing many old friends and many new faces at what is going to be one of our biggest conferences ever!  There will be hundreds of sessions to attend and almost 200 vendors to visit. The GRC and Advocacy committees will be presenting many sessions that can help present a clearer understanding of the political forces at work in our profession and give many ideas how to best advocate for your programs throughout the state. 

See you in Rochester!


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

Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:00AM

“Save the Date”

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.

Enjoy our Concert and Reception from 5:30-7:30 pm in Capitol Conference Center Room 6 (by The Egg) to celebrate the completion of this most important political effort.

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 for them.

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

Everything ESSA link



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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