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PHOTO CREDIT: Kris Connor / Getty Images. Left to right: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), C. F. Martin IV, Cindy McAlllister, John McElroy
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry

Representatives from C. F. Martin & Co.® will travel to Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 20, to advocate for all children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. C. F. Martin IV, CEO, and Cindy McAllister, Director of Intellectual Property and Community/Government Relations, will join music industry leaders and artists as part of a delegation of music education advocates during the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In, May 20-23, 2019.

The issue takes on special importance as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which specifies music as part of a well-rounded education, is implemented in states and local school districts under programs and funding available via the federal education law. Martin and McAllister will meet with Members of Congress and other elected officials to advocate for the funding of school music programs across the nation and to discuss the multitude of benefits music education espouses, such as increased brain function, focus, and language development.

“Our mission is to communicate the value and importance of music education to our legislators,” says McAllister. “We are proud to participate in the NAMM D.C. Fly-In, which gives us the opportunity to do so while uniting with our fellow music industry leaders.”

The week of advocacy work will begin on Monday, May 20, with a Day of Service assisting a local school. On Tuesday, Martin & McAllister will participate in a full day of advocacy training, as well as in developing a state-level advocacy program. On Wednesday, they will head to Capitol Hill for a series of meetings with Members of Congress, their staff, and other elected officials and stakeholders in education policy.




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Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA Statement On Attack On Chabad Synagogue In California – April 28, 2019
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PHOTO CREDIT: The 3rd annual International Seminar on Global Poverty Reduction Partnerships is held in Rome, Italy on May 15, 2019
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A video story presented by China.org.cn on Global Solicitation and Challenge Prize on Best Poverty Reduction Practices

The 3rd annual International Seminar on Global Poverty Reduction Partnerships organized by three Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) — together with the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and China Internet Information Center (CIIC), was held Wednesday in the margins of the Expo for International Cooperation (EXCO 2019) in Rome, Italy. It focused on the role of technological innovations and global partnerships in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), accelerating poverty reduction and eradicating hunger.

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“I’m glad that this year’s…

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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly sees Excelligence's investment in Kansas as a strong signal to industry leaders around the globe about Kansas' workforce and infrastructure

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“We are excited to open this state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Gardner, Kansas, creating over 200 full-time jobs with competitive wages,” said Dipak Golechha, Excelligence’s CEO. “Our company has a long history of job creation in the State of Kansas, and we look forward to providing great opportunities and an exceptional experience for our employees, customers and other stakeholders. Strategically, the opening of this fulfillment center gives us a long runway and significant capacity for future growth and acquisitions.”

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Demand for Climate Action Announced As Earth Day 2020 Theme for 50th Anniversary Year
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and United States Mayor Enterprises (USME) secured a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The DC Circuit upheld the $8 million jury verdict previously won in a high-profile federal jury trial in January 2018.

In 2012, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company contracted with USCM and USME to administer a national program offering a retirement plan to municipal employees. In 2016, USCM sued the retirement services company for breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Following a two-week trial, a jury found in favor of USCM and USME on all counts. Great-West appealed. On May 7, 2019, the DC Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment in full, upholding the verdict.

“We are extremely gratified by this decision and the affirmation by the jury and the courts of the merit of the Mayors’ position throughout these proceedings,” said Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director. “We are grateful for the steadfast leadership of our President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin as well as the support of our Board of Trustees. The court’s decision strengthens our commitment to the health and financial well-being of municipal employees nationwide as we continue to fight for cities, their residents and their workers.”

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PHOTO CREDIT: David Zalubowski / AP Photo. Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo
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