What is a coalition?
A coalition consists of parents, community members, business owners and anyone who has a passion for music education and who wants to join together to advocate for music education in their area.

How is a coalition different from a booster organization?
The primary function of a music booster organization is fundraising for a specific individual music organization. A coalition's goal is to influence the school board members and school administration on district-wide issues related to music education.

What are the coalitions that currently exist?
Below is a list of coalitions that WMEA is aware of. If you feel as though a coalition should be added to the list, please email

Bellingham Music Coalition

Ellensburg Music Coalition

Lynden Music Coalition

  1. First Annual Report
  2. Second Annual Report
  3. Third Annual Report

WMEA Advocacy Training Workshops

WMEA sponsors advocacy training workshops on how to build a music coalition. For more information or to learn how you can host an advocacy training, please contact Carol Reitz at

Upcoming Workshops:

Stay tuned for future advocacy training workshops!

Previous Workshops:

2013 Regions/Districts

East Shore, NE and Spokane Falls, North Lake 

2012 Regions/Districts 

Edmonds/Sno-King, San Juan, Mount Pilchuck, Ellensburg, Kent, Southwest, Commencement Bay

Below are some comments from attendees of our advocacy training workshops.

"Thank you for your time, preparation and the commitment to music education. We appreciate the information and resources you provided."

"Thank you for coming and presenting. I believe that any school can and will benefit from a coalition."

Metropolitan Music Services
Arts Education Washington
Hall of Fame
Ted Brown Music
All Northwest
JW Pepper