In late 2020, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada (CMEC) struck a dedicated committee that set out to review its long-standing history as a national advocacy organization. From this work we, devised, created and launched a new advocacy strategy in 2021, one rooted in evidence-based research that takes the best of music advocacy and will see us continue to champion music education in schools across this country.

As part of the first phase of our strategic development and planning process, we established four key pillars upon which our collective efforts will rise. These include:

National Music Education Leadership Forum – a biannual meeting of national music education organization presidents

CMEC Research Advisory Board – a critical advisory body consisting of nationally and internationally renowned scholars, created and mandated to offer evidence-based research and advice, supporting CMEC and affiliate initiatives

National Music Education Policy Summit – a national, cross-sectoral effort to establish an agenda for policy and advocacy action for music education in Canada

Research Partnerships and Collaborations – active leadership, participation, and/or collaboration with partner organizations supporting Canadian context-specific music education research