2021 Advocacy in Action Awards

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Advocacy in Action is a signature program of Music for All designed to collect, recognize, and share effective practices and initiatives that support music education in our schools. The Advocacy in Action Awards recognize and celebrate the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers, and parents who believe in music education and are advocating to ensure that it is part of a comprehensive education for all children.

Use this application to apply for the 2021 Advocacy in Action Awards in any of the six categories. You can even start an application, save, and finish it later or submit the same project in multiple categories. 

Applications for the 2021 Advocacy in Action Awards are due September 15, 2020.

Thank you for all that you do to support music education!
Applicant Information







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Program Information

If you are applying on behalf of multiple schools that are not in the same district, please choose one school to be the representative for this application. You will be able to list the other participating schools below.













Application Category
Select multiple categories in this section if you want to submit the exact same project and project details in multiple categories. Example: your community engagement event is also a fundraiser.

If your organization wants to submit multiple, different projects in one or more categories, please fill out an additional application. Example: your program has a great parent/booster program as well as a great concert program book.







Community Engagement Project Information
The students who participate in a school music program are members of a larger community, and engaging with the local community can be incredibly beneficial to any scholastic organization. Community engagement efforts can be powerful tools for demonstrating the value of a quality music program and connecting people through music, and any form of community engagement can build support and influence. Achievement in this category demonstrates a commitment to establishing school music programs as integral parts of their communities.


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Decision-Maker Interaction Project Information
The growth and development of a strong music program likely takes longer to manifest than the tenure of a single administrator or elected official. It is crucial to decode how decisions for your school are made, what parties are making choices that affect your program, and how you can illicit desired outcomes. Decision-makers are anyone with authority over resources—funding, staffing, time, publicity, or facilities. They can include counselors, assistant principals and those that build the master schedule, principals, central office staff, school board members, or other influential persons in your local community. What is being done in your community to advance the stature of music education in the eyes of the decision-maker?


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Fundraising and Sponsorship Project Information
In many schools across the country, music programs could not function without consistent fundraising. Various fundraisers and sponsorship programs have been used by many programs in order to improve the quality of the materials and the learning environments afforded to their students. Achievement in this category demonstrates the understanding that creative and active fundraising benefits both individual students and entire programs.


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Marketing and Promotion Project Information
For many scholastic music programs, advocating for your program often means advertising. Marketing and promotion of your program can help build attendance at events and expand your program’s presence in the community. The visibility of a school music program can benefit its advocacy efforts and help strengthen relationships with sponsors and community partners. Achievement in this category demonstrates a commitment to increasing the visibility of high-quality music programs.




Emailing Your Marketing Materials
Please email your materials to BOTH of these addresses:
Cecily Yoakam: cecily.y@musicforall.org
Haley Mack: haley.m@musicforall.org
Mailing Your Marketing Materials
Please mail your marketing materials to 

Music for All
Attn: Cecily Yoakam
39 W Jackson Place, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Parent and Booster Involvement Project Information
Many scholastic music programs rely on strong parent/booster and volunteer networks in order to function effectively. Programs of all shapes and sizes benefit from additional support, and parent/boosters and volunteers can often assist music programs by supporting administrative efforts, volunteering at events, and in a variety of other ways. Achievement in this category demonstrates a commitment to developing an engaged and supportive network of volunteers for your organization.


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Recruitment and Retention Project Information
Students are the most fundamental part of any scholastic music program. For many students, time spent around music is the most important part of the school day. While there are many factors that influence the size and make-up of school music programs, recruitment and retention plans can have an immense impact on the stability and longevity of a program. Programs that show achievement in this category demonstrate a commitment to building and sustaining a high-quality school music program.


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Finance/Budget

Please use only numbers and decimal points (no dollar signs or commas).

If you would like to provide a more detailed budget document/spreadsheet, please upload that below.

Impact/Success


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Supporting Materials
Supporting materials may include photos, promotional materials (advertisements, flyers, etc.), and event materials (handouts, signage, forms, etc.)

We strongly encourage the submission of high-quality photos.


Physical objects for consideration can be sent directly to: 
Music for All
Attn: Cecily Yoakam
39 W. Jackson Pl. Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Items submitted will not be returned.

Before your application can be submitted, you will need to verify your submission with an electronic signature from the director, teacher, administrator, or booster president of the applying program.