We call for a national mobilization in support of an active music life for all city students. We call on stakeholders to pursue equity in music opportunities so that students in every city school are afforded this fundamental right.
We encourage you to critically examine your own city’s commitment to equity in music, using this declaration as a framework. Read each section through the lens of your own community. Do all students have access to an active music life? Who is part of the local music ecosystem? What needs are being met, and what needs are as yet unmet?
Because America’s cities are as diverse as their populations, there is no one-size-fits-all, national solution in addressing the present and persistent challenge of inequity in music. Each city ecosystem is unique, and there will be many models that can ensure access to an active music life for every student. It is up to each locality to determine its best way forward, crafting solutions with distinct implementation strategies. Each community should chart its own course based on its specific cultures, participants, history, and needs.
The most important step is action. Now is the time to create infrastructures that will provide an active music life to every city student. This is happening in a number of cities already, and we are excited and encouraged by the schools, districts, partnerships, and teachers that are already working for equity in music for their students. We hope you will join—or begin—this process in your own city.
Share the Declaration
Respond in Your Own Ecosystem
Initiate conversations. Convene planning sessions. Develop new partnerships. Check out City Spotlights for inspiration and ideas.
Explore City Spotlights
Discover how cities across the country are developing music ecosystems that ensure students’ access to music opportunities.
Tell Us About Your City’s Music Ecosystem
We are excited to expand the City Spotlight section of this website to feature city music ecosystems across the nation. Tell us your stories, share your photos and videos, and give examples of how your city is pursuing equity and inclusion in music.
A number of organizations offer guides, toolkits, and materials for advocating for music education in your community. While most of these resources are not geared specifically to city schools, they contain a variety of ideas that can be applied to city music ecosystems.