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The Mission of the Florida School Music Association is to provide leadership, advocacy, and services for school music programs in support of quality music education experiences for students.

The Florida School Music Association, Inc (FSMA) is a non-profit 501c (3) corporation that was established in 1998 after the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) was restructured in 1997.  The purpose of this association is to provide oversight for interscholastic music activities for public, private, and home school students at the middle and high school levels. The association recognizes the component organizations Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, and Florida Vocal Association to sponsor district and state Music Performance Assessments (MPA) for bands, orchestras, and choruses in Florida secondary schools.

FSMA provides financial oversight of component organizations by facilitating annual audits that comply with Florida Statute 1006.19 to ensure legal compliance and enable component boards to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities. FSMA provides resources to assist component organizations in improving financial control and policies.

FSMA membership is required for schools that wish to participate in state recognized interscholastic music activities, which include music performance assessments for large ensembles and for solo-ensemble events. See the Join or Renew page for more information.

Vision

  1. To ensure Music Performance Assessments shall be of the highest quality in the nation by providing oversight in component guidelines, leadership training, safety, and adequate performance facilities.
  2. To cultivate excellence in Florida music programs for all students through mentorships, partnerships, and collaborative endeavors.
  3. To provide exemplary models and tools to advance best practices in music programs as recognized by the Florida School Music Association.
  4. To promote Advocacy with all stakeholders.

FSMA Believes...

  • music allows us to celebrate and preserve our national and historical heritages and cultures to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge
  • every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn and share in music experience
  • music holds a unique place in human existence and touches our lives in ways that no other experience can
  • music is clearly justified in assuming a prominent role in the school curriculum, both as an academic and an artistic discipline, yet the study and learning of music is enhanced by student participation in various activities and experiences that take place outside, or as an extension of the normal school day.