Resources

The following are websites may be of particular interest to RPMDA Members. They offer information on the benefits of music education, music advocacy, and other issues pertinent to the print music industry; and they can be a vital part of any music dealer’s resource “tool box.” Please click on each of the following links for a description & for links to the various resources available on that website.

  • American Music Conference
    • The AMC, the “Voice of Music Making,” is an organization dedicated to “building credibility for music and music education, and to expanding that portion of the population that enjoys and makes its own music.”
  • From the Top
    • From the Top is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the New England Conservatory, That encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts through a variety of media, including nationally broadcast television and radio shows, education programs, and their website.
  • International Society for Music Education
    • ISME provides a wealth of downloadable advocacy articles by researchers, professors and others, promoting the importance of music in education.
  • Music Achievement Council
    • The Music Achievement Council was formed in 1983 for the express purpose of promoting instrumental music in our schools. It produces non-commercial materials for use by band and orchestra directors to help improve the recruiting and retention of instrumental music students. Check ¬†their site for valuable advocacy tools.
  • Music Educators National Conference – now the National Association for Music Education
    • MENC: the National Association for Music Education is the professional association of music educators nationwide. There are a wealth of research briefs, facts and figures, and other helpful information for educators and school music dealers here.
  • Music Publishers Association
    • This non-profit association addresses itself to issues pertaining to every area of music publishing with an emphasis on the issues relevant to the publishers of print music for concert and educational purposes.
  • NAMM: The International Music Products Association
    • NAMM’s efforts to promote music making and music education are well-documented. The organization has spent literally millions of dollars to this end. On their site, you will find:
  • School Music Matters
    • This music education advocacy resource center was created to help music teachers protect their school music programs.
  • Support Music
    • SupportMusic.com is an advocacy effort that unites various national and regional organizations with parents and community leaders seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. Their ¬†website includes tools and resources for building/saving music programs in your local area.
  • U.S. Copyright Laws
    • Information regarding the U.S. Copyright laws regarding printed music, recordings, arrangements, etc. Includes FAQ’s, how to search copyright records, and more.