On today’s podcast, I sit down with Seth Williams of Music for All. Well, he WAS with Music for All when we talked, anyway—now he’s attending law school!
Seth Williams is the former Advocacy Coordinator for Music for All. Seth has been involved with Music for All and its programs for nearly ten years – as a participant, volunteer, event staff, intern and full-time staffer. He recently relocated to Los Angeles, where he attends UCLA School of Law. Seth is an active advocate for music education and the arts. While at MFA, he curated advocacy content, represented Music for All in the state and national arts advocacy community and developed new advocacy and awareness initiatives for the organization.
Here are the highlights of my conversation with Seth Williams:
0:52 Meet Seth!
1:25 Advocacy: Music for All’s vision
2:05 A typical day for Seth in the Music for All office
2:48 The digital tools he depends on
4:17 Advocacy isn’t just sending letters or attending rallies
5:44 The importance of new media in advocacy
6:20 The case for blogging
7:46 Proactive vs. reactive advocacy
8:19 The importance of attending school board meetings—before issues arise
10:20 How parents can make a difference on local, state and national levels
12:51 Volunteer burnout
13:12 Matching volunteers’ skills to tasks
13:36 Parent recognition
14:47 Seth’s alma mater
15:17 Fundraising: “Any idea is worth trying once.”
16:15 A creative fundraiser that’s successful on several levels
17:43 Seth gets the last word
Fanfare: the weekly advocacy blog post Seth curated for Music for All
Advocacy websites Seth recommends:
This is a good way to find state advocates: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/networks-and-councils/state-arts-action-network
For news/articles, two of Seth’s favorites are:
Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award: 2014 nominations due September 15!
Seth’s alma mater: Centerville H.S. (OH)
The digital tools Seth mentioned:
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