National Association of Music Merchants Celebrates Music Education on Capitol Hill

Former US Secretary of Education Richard Riley speaking.

Following Tuesday evening’s “Celebrating Music Education” reception and dinner, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) joined Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) of the Congressional STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) caucus and artists Doc Shaw, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, and Bernie Williams for a Capitol Hill briefing and press conference at the House Triangle to highlight “the state of music education and the legislative priorities currently needed to offer every child access to comprehensive music education.”

Last night’s event honored the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts, and Kent Knappenberger, recipient of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Music Educator Award. Artists in attendance included Alfre Woodard of “12 Years a Slave,” “Jersey Boys'” John Lloyd Young and musician Citizen Cope, among others.