About Choral Advocates

ACDA's Advocacy History

  • ACDA's first national arts advocacy resolution was created in 1993 in a process led by then president William Hatcher. Written by Bruce Becker, with input from Diana Leland, the purpose of the statement was to create awareness about the need for adequately funded arts programs.
  • In 2012, a new ACDA mission statement was crafted that formally included advocacy: "The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy."
  • The Advocacy and Collaboration Standing Committee was created in 2015 and launched in 2017.

Initiatives

  • Advocacy and Collaboration Standing Committee. This national standing committee was launched in 2017 under the leadership of committee chair Robyn Lana. Currently co-chaired by Lana and Lynn Brinckmeyer, this committee has strengthened ACDA's relationships with organizations such as Chorus America, NAfME, and others; started advocacy education work via a Facebook ACDA Advocacy and Collaboration group and Instagram; and updated the advocacy statement, including "Advocating for the inclusion of all singers in choral programs, regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, or physical disability."
  • COVID-19 Response. Advocacy has been an important aspect of ACDA's response to the global pandemic. An ad hoc committee appointed to provide members guidance during this uncertain time, also produced an Advocacy Statement & Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic as part of that June 15, 2020, report.
  • Choral Advocates. Begun in October 2020, this initiative will unite a grassroots group of choral professions in speaking out in support for the choral art.

How You Can Help

Join ACDA Choral Advocates by signing up now! Next, click here to learn other ways to get involved.

 

Dave Carroll, ACDA member
Dave Carroll, ACDA member