The benefits of strong music programs take longer to manifest than the tenure of an upwardly mobile administrator or elected official. It is crucial to decode how decisions for your school are made and by whom. Decision-makers are anyone with authority over resources—funding, staffing, time. They can include counselors, assistant principals and those that build the master schedule, principals, central office staff, and school board members. What is happening in your community to advance the stature of music education in the eyes of the decision-maker?