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Advocacy Standing Committee (ASC)


The mission of the Advocacy Standing Committee is to identify and create opportunities to advocate on behalf of music education in international forums through-out the world, emphasising the importance of including music in the education and life of every young person. To accomplish this mission, the work of the committee includes:

  • Planning and offering advocacy sessions at the ISME biennial world Conference
  • Maintaining and updating an advocacy resource page with a variety of materials and relevant links on the ISME website
  • Identifying and publicising existing advocacy materials in ISME journals and newsletters
  • Serving as a resource for music educators who need assistance in advocating for music education in particular regions and countries
  • Developing closer ties with partner organisations in business, government and other national associations to co-ordinate a more international perspective on advocacy
  • Collecting and sharing successful advocacy efforts from various countries around the world

Visit this page to see more about our work with music education advocacy.


Advocacy Standing Committee 2022-2024

Sandra Oberoi - Advocacy Committee Chair, ISME Executive Board Member
Cecil Adderly - Advocacy Committee Member
Thomas Duncan - Advocacy Committee Member
Natassa Economidou-Stavrou - Advocacy Committee Member
Marco Toledo Nascimento - Advocacy Committee Member
Valerie Peters - Advocacy Committee Member
Adam Switala - Advocacy Committee Member


Advisors to the Advocacy Committee 2022-24

Emily Akuno

Bo-Wah Leung

Peter Webster


Advocacy Committee Video Archive

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