National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is proud to announce Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) as the recipient of the 2019 Music Education Champion Award.
Senator Tester has demonstrated time and again his commitment to supporting equitable, well-rounded educational opportunities for all students. He began his professional career as an elementary music educator and, after joining the private sector, supported music education as a member of the local school board. On the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Tester has been an influential voice in consistently advocating for spending levels adequate to support the public education system. His leadership helped get an appropriations bill past the finish line that secured $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2019 funding for Title IV-A—three times the amount of funding the program received just two years prior.