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A November ballot initiative championed by Beutner and celebrities such as singer Katy Perry and actor Issa Rae would, if passed, bring between $800 million and $1 billion to arts and music education for students across the state. School leaders would be able to choose how to spend the funds for their own student body.
June 22, 2022
K-12 Dive
“This measure shows that California can make the needed investment in education without raising taxes. Southern California’s creative sector feeds the nation’s economy. By enriching the school experience of all California students today, we’ll nourish the well-rounded, diverse workforce we need tomorrow,” said Tracy Hernandez, BizFed Founding CEO.
June 21, 2022
Press Release
The arts can be a safe haven for children to face big emotions, to channel fears and frustrations into acts of creativity. Under this initiative, school leaders would choose what to spend the money on, deciding which artistic pursuit, from dance and drawing to animation, best suits the needs of their students.
June 10, 2022
EdSource
California students would see new arts and music classes offered under a November ballot measure championed by Austin Beutner, the former superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District. The proposal would require as much as $1 billion in existing government revenue to be set aside for the programs beginning in the 2023-24 academic year.
May 13, 2022
LA Times
On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the #VoteArtsAndMusic ballot measure for arts and music education in public schools celebrated a milestone of obtaining more than 1 million signatures - many collected by volunteers from around the state - to qualify for the November ballot. The official kick-off for the campaign included performances by students of all ages across California, presentations from teachers, and appearances from entertainment industry leaders and celebrities. The event was hosted by the coalition leader, Austin Beutner, and Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier.
April 27, 2022
Event
Arts education requirements are widely ignored in California schools. A 2019 study showed that over half of students in grades six and up aren't enrolled in any art study at all. Participation in arts follows a familiar pattern: schools where more families are poor are far less likely to provide students with access to education in the arts.
March 6, 2022
Ed100
"We know first-hand the power that access to music and arts has to change lives," said Evan Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, at Fender and Co-President of the Fender Play Foundation. "Our support for this initiative is fully aligned with our Fender Play Foundation commitment to equip, educate and inspire the next generation. We are extremely grateful for the artists within the FMIC family lending their voice, sharing their talent and drawing attention to the impact this measure can have on California's youth for generations to come."
March 1, 2022
Fender Musical Instruments Press Release
With the support of voters across California, the next generation of public school students could be making new records and telling their own stories as they build the skills and experiences to gain jobs in the state’s vibrant creative economy.
February 28, 2022
CalMatters
Fender CEO Andy Mooney delivered opening remarks and spoke to the crowd as they lent their signatures for the ballot measure designed to increase arts and music education funding for the six million students in California’s public schools. Corona Mayor Wes Speake also vocalized the city’s support of the initiative.
February 24, 2022
Music Inc. Magazine
For decades, arts and music education in California has been dying a slow death in many schools, strangled by budget cuts amid an ongoing emphasis on core subjects like reading and math and test scores as the measure of student success.
January 12, 2022
Ed Source

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