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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 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.

What We Do

  • 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 provides funds for training adjudicators for Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).
  • FSMA provides MPA-Online, the online management system for Music Performance Assessment entry and scheduling and the management of adjudicators and finances.
  • FSMA provides funding to component organizations for facility rentals for State MPA performance venues.
  • FSMA provides insurance coverage for State MPAs.
  • FSMA provides Leadership Training to foster future music education leaders.
  • FSMA provides advocacy to communities and elected leaders on behalf of school music programs.
  • FSMA compiles a yearly State Music Performance Assessment Report
  • FSMA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to advocate for fine and performing arts programs, provide guidance on a multitude of national issues, provide our member schools' music teachers with online education courses, and more.


  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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Florida School Music Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

The Florida School Music Association is an equal-opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Frequently Asked Questions



Organizational Chart

Board of Directors  

Board Meeting Minutes


Policies for Governance

Rules and Regulations rev. Feb. 2024

Conflict of Interest Policy

Whistleblower Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Tax Information:

Form 1023: Application for Recognition of Exemption

IRS Determination Letter

990 Tax Returns:

Contact Information:

The June Hinckley Center for Fine Arts Education
402 Office Plaza
Tallahassee, FL  32301
Toll Free 800-301-3632
Fax: 850-942-1793

See our Contact Us Page to send us an email.