NAfME’s 2023 Hill Day

Visiting with staff of Senator John Kennedy
Scotty and Brett are with Deb Confredo (NAfME President-Elect from Louisiana), and Chiho Feindler (Save the Music Foundation) when thy meet with Senator Bill Cassidy’s staff members
With Chris Woodside, NAfME Executive Director, meeting with staff of Representative Julia Letlow
Scotty Walker, LMEA Executive Director, and Brett Babineaux, LMEA President, attended the 2023 NAfME National Assembly in Reston, Virginia to represent LMEA.  This included a Capitol Hill Day for Music Education where they were able to meet with Senators and Congressmen to speak about critical issues for Louisiana Music Educators.  Some of the topics discussed:
  • Federal Legislation pertaining to Equity in Arts
  • Guaranteed Access to Arts and Music Education
  • Mental Health Crisis for Teachers
  • Teacher Shortage
  • ESSER Funding
  • Little-to-No Representation of music at the district and state levels.
  • Sharing personal stories about the impact music made in our lives and in those around us.
  • Funding, support, access, and quality instruction needed for underserved, minoritized, and rural schools.
We are excited to see LMEA represented at the National Assembly!
Scotty and Brett meet with staff for Representative Garret Graves
Scotty and Brett meet with staff for Representative Mike Johnson