WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
Advocacy is simply ensuring your voice is heard on issues that matter to you, your family and your community.
As a band parent, band director, community band musician, concert attendee, or general music lover, your voice must be heard by school administration and school division decision makers to ensure all children have access to vital band programming across our province. There is increasing concern in the band community that decisions to cancel or significantly alter band programs due to COVID-19 may become permanent. School divisions and administrators are already making budget, staffing and scheduling decisions for the 2021-22 school year - the time to ensure YOUR school's Band Program is fully resourced and scheduled is NOW!
Below are various Advocacy Tools you are encouraged to use when demonstrating your local support for the benefits of band in our children's lives. If there is something specific you are looking for or would like to suggest please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request/suggestion.
Sample Letters - for Schools/Divisions with Cancelled Band Programs
Can be customized to help you urge your school administrators and elected School Board Trustees to ensure Band programming is offered as fully as possible, as soon as possible.
Sample Letters - for Schools/Divisions where SOME Band Programming was Maintained.
Can be customized to recognize your school/division's efforts to support Band during COVID-19 & to ensure band programming is planned to resume FULLY for the 2021-22 school year.
Safe Back to Band Guidelines
Share this top-quality, current research with your band program decision makers to ensure they understand how YOUR band program CAN function safely even during COVID-19.
Dear Government of Saskatchewan Letters
Can be customized as you help ensure: