Everyone has seen the effects of the battered economy, but as educators, we have not yet felt the worst. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the combined revenue shortfall for state budgets—not including additional costs incurred by COVID-19—will be approximately $555 billion. States are already looking to revise their budgets for the current and next fiscal years. Many are considering cuts across the board, including millions of dollars from education budgets.
NAfME and our affiliates believe that Congress must appropriate at least $200 billion specifically for education for states to avoid drastic negative consequences. Without this funding, music programs will be jeopardized, and students will not have the access to a well-rounded education that they need and deserve.
We are asking you to reach out to your members of Congress to request $200 billion in the next legislative relief package to backfill state education budgets. Fill out the form here, and and we'll send a message directly to your Representatives and Senators in Congress. The body of the letter is already filled out, but feel free to add your own personal stories about how music has helped you and your students cope with these trying times. Together, we will get through this, and ensure that our students and schools will too.