Recording Academy, GRAMMY Foundation Join Music Education Policy Roundtable

November 21, 2011 -- 2:29 pm PST

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation have partnered with the National Association for Music Education and the American String Teachers Association as official members of the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a coalition of music associations that advocates for sequential, standards-based music education.

"As we continue to stress the importance of music education as our industry's R&D, we are delighted to partner with NafME and ASTA in the Music Education Policy Roundtable," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation. "We look forward to working together toward the goal of music education for every student."

"This partnership will help advance state and federal policies that promote music education," said Kirk Moss, president of ASTA.

"Music education provides all students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and in life," said NAfME Executive Director Michael Butera. "As part of the core curriculum, music education provides students with the creativity, critical thinking and teamwork skills needed to achieve in the 21st century classroom, while also offering new and innovative ways to develop literacy and math skills. With our new partners' added presence, the call for music advocacy action is louder, and America's students have a better promise of receiving a comprehensive and complete education experience."