NAMM DC Music Advocacy Fly-In Press Release

Willis Music Advocates for Music Education in D.C.

Kevin Cranley joins music industry leaders on Capitol Hill to push for legislation that would bring music education access to all children

Local business leader, Kevin Cranley took the nation’s capital by storm, making the case for comprehensive school music education programs. Kevin, together with 65 other music industry leaders and celebrity artists on the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy Fly-In. The three-day advocacy effort works to shore up congressional support to build access to music education for all children into national education legislation.

Cranley’s Advocacy Fly-In efforts included personal meetings with Senators and Representatives about the significance of music education and the support needed to insure that each student has the opportunity to learn music in school. They also joined NAMM Foundation in awarding the SupportMusic Award to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Turnaround Arts. The week began with a day of service, where Cranley helped students at D.C.’s Savoy Elementary learn to play drums, ukulele and guitar.

“This was my seventh year visiting Washington D.C. to work with our representatives in Ohio and Kentucky. Each year, we strive to increase awareness of the value of a quality music education; specifically making sure that Music and Arts stay as a core to every child’s development,” said Kevin Cranley, President of Willis Music Company. “Since 1899 Willis has focused on Music Education with our publications and within our local markets. This annual opportunity is an extension of our mission.”

To prepare for his efforts on Capitol Hill, Cranley participated in advocacy training at the Kennedy Center, during which Kevin and fellow NAMM member industry leaders were apprised of current issues facing public school music programs. Kevin was also trained on developing state-level advocacy efforts for music and arts education to put into practice here in Kentucky and Ohio.

This year, Kevin was able to visit the offices of Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, Sherrod Brown, and Rob Portman.

Kevin Cranley is the past Chairman of NAMM and The NAMM Foundation. He is also a past board member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Currently, Kevin is the third generation President and Owner of the Willis Music Company which operates six retail store locations in Ohio and Kentucky. The locations in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky are Steinway and Sons Piano Dealers.

Kevin Cranley NAMM Washington DC 2014

Kevin Cranley with is wife Debbi

Follow Kevin on Twitter at @cranleyk

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $16.7 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 94 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.