Advocacy Resource Center

Welcome to ASTA's Advocacy Resource Center!


ASTA is proud to present new strings advocacy resources to aid teachers, parents and others with advocating for strings education in school districts everywhere.  Feel free to download the following documents and disseminate them to all strings supporters that you may know.  Be sure to check back here often, as we will continue to create new strings advocacy resources.


Even if you currently have strings programs in your schools, these documents will help you KEEP strings in your district.  Voicing your appreciation for strings programs to the school board and community can help to prevent a future cut to your program. Do NOT wait until a crisis hits before taking action to keep strings in your district.


White Paper
Check out the newest report regarding the status of strings in schools in the United States today!  This most recent White Paper includes many facts, trends, and summaries that provide insight into the benefits of string programs. What does music mean to you? wo touching stories that address this question are also included in this latest version.


Why Strings? Brochure
Feel free to download our WhyStrings? brochure by clicking here. To order from the national office (for a small fee), please click here for more information.


Support Our Strings (SOS) is a PowerPoint presentation that may be used by various groups looking to advance, keep, or begin strings programs in community schools. Teachers, parents, students, and other music advocates will find this presentation full of helpful and truthful information regarding strings programs in schools. Please click here to begin an immediate download of the presentation.


How to Use SOS (PDF) Download these instructions to better understand how to use SOS to its full potential.

Talking Points (PDF)
This list of ASTA approved talking points will give power and impact to your speeches, letter writing campaigns and editorials.

Navigating Media Outlets (PDF)
This document gives basic information on how to write an effective letter to the editor and op/ed.

Influence Your Audience (PDF)
Whether it is school board officials, parents or the community, this short list of tips will ensure that you are comfortable and able to give an effective speech.

Other Advocacy Resources (PDF)
If you are looking for even more music advocacy resources, this document is for you!