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December, 21, 2023
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM




John J. Gallagher

John J. Gallagher

Public Relations and Music Education Work Hand-in-Hand

Clinic Synopsis:

The focus of this session is to introduce public relations and publicity techniques to the arts educator. It will guide them toward successful relationships with today’s media outlets and to establish a foundation in writing for them. Further, it will enable them to take advantage of media opportunities to promote concerts, festivals, award ceremonies, art exhibits and the like.

John J. Gallagher - Biographical Information

Dr. John J. Gallagher serves as the director of music & fine arts for Long Island's Longwood Central School District where he supervises forty-one teachers of art, music & theater who serve almost 9,000 students. He was the lead consultant to the superintendent of schools to ensure the safe continuation of an award-winning fine & performing arts program during the COVID-19 era. Under his leadership, the district received the Award of Excellence from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), two Advocacy in Action Awards by Music for All, and honors by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), The Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Give a Note Foundation. It has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education in America each year since 2008. John is on the faculty of Music for All, an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, an Ambassador to the Give a Note Foundation, and is one of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's Holland's Heroes. He is a sought-after public speaker who has presented clinics on music education advocacy, the marketing & promotion of school music programs, and student leadership to various arts education associations, educational institutions, and high school & college students from CT, FL, IL, IN, MI, NY, PA, RI, TX and Canada. He has presented at the Midwest Clinic, NYSSMA & CMEA All State Conferences, several NAfME Eastern Division Conferences, and BOA Grand National Championships, and his writings on the subjects have been published in The Instrumentalist, NAfME's Teaching Music and NYSSMA’s School Music News.