How To Get Involved


The It Starts With M.E. campaign utilizes music’s biggest advocates to communicate the importance of music education in every child’s life. By sharing personal stories about the influence and power of music, we are starting a conversation that will generate awareness and increase public perception.

We start with the power of photos.

Photography, like music, is a powerful tool to deliver emotion and feeling. Our campaign will be driven by and anchored with photos that tell each artist’s story.

The CMA Foundation encourages you to share your personal music journey by sharing a photo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #itstartswithME.

Your photos may represent the following:

  • Hold a photo of your younger self that represents a time and expression when you were first introduced to music as a child or young adult.


  • Hold a notecard where you have written a life skill that music has provided you. (Ex: Confidence). Download and print official It Starts With M.E. card here


  • Take a photo with your music educator or someone who had a musical influence on your life.


Music is universal. It doesn’t care where you’re from or what car you drive, it allows us to come together and make a lasting connection. Our communities can be reinvigorated through the power of music. Become a leader in your community and learn how music education can make a lasting impact right in your backyard. Every child has the right to a quality music education - let’s make that a reality.

About the Arts Education Navigator

The Arts Education Navigator is a web-based tool that prepares arts education supporters to become effective advocates. Produced by Americans for the Arts, the tool includes the work of many individual and organizational leaders who share the vision of equitable access to arts education for America’s learners.

Arts Education Navigator | Americans for the Arts

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