Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is set to lobby Congress on the importance of music education
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is getting into politics, at least the lobbying side of political affairs. Smith has announced that he will be heading to Washington D.C. next month to unite with members of the National Association of Music Merchants to lobby Congress and make their voices heard on the subject of funding music education programs in public schools.
“I am a perfect example of someone who’s been musically educated exclusively throughout grade school, middle school and high school by the public school system,” Smith said in an official statement. “If there hadn’t been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today. Every kid — and I mean everyone — needs a chance to learn and grow with music.”
Smith is slated to speak to NAMM delegates and guests at the U.S. Capitol on March 19. He will also take part in special meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress the following day.
In other Red Hot Chili Peppers news, the band recently released a new song, “In Love Dying,” off their “I’m With You” sessions.
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