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Proposition 28—Arts and Music in Schools Funding

The Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) initiative provides additional funding for arts education in California public schools.

On November 8, 2022, California voters approved Proposition 28: The Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act. The measure required the state to establish a new, ongoing program supporting arts instruction in schools beginning in 2023–24.

The legislation allocates 1 percent of the kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) portion of the Proposition 98 funding guarantee provided in the prior fiscal year, excluding funding appropriated for the AMS education program. Local educational agencies (LEAs) with 500 or more students are required to ensure that at least 80 percent of AMS funds to be expended are used to employ certificated or classified employees to provide arts education program instruction. The remaining funds must be used for training, supplies and materials, and arts educational partnership programs, with no more than 1 percent of funds received to be used for an LEA’s administrative expenses. The full text of the statute is available here: Chapter 5.1 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code External link opens in new window or tab. (Section 8820 et seq.).


Funding details are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Principal Apportionment Section for AMS web page.

AMS Web Portal

Local educational agencies (LEAs) can access the AMS web portal to submit written waiver requests, reports, and certifications associated with the Proposition 28: The Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act.


Annual audits of K-12 local educational agencies (LEAs) conducted in accordance with Education Code (EC) Section 41020 shall include funds received and distributed by the LEA pursuant to Proposition 28—The Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act (EC Section 8820) and shall include a determination of whether the funds were expended pursuant to statutory requirements.

The following resources are provided to assist LEAs and their auditors in determining compliance with use of funds requirements discussed above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions related to the Proposition 28—Arts and Music Education Funding Program.

Additional Information

CDE Resources

  • California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (PDF)
    The 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) update the four arts disciplines—dance, music, theatre, and visual arts—and include new standards for media arts as a discrete discipline. Media arts includes diverse categories such as digital imaging, animation, sound production, web design, virtual reality, and interactive design, along with new and emerging forms. The Arts Standards reflect the fundamental belief that every child should have equitable access to high-quality, standards-based arts education to thrive and participate in modern society.

The three quick reference guides below include essential information for parents and guardians, educators and arts professionals, and local educational agencies and governing boards.

Webinar Series

Webinar 1 (February 1, 2024)

On February 1, 2024, the CDE hosted a webinar centered on how to expand arts education for California students using Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) funds. The webinar featured Prop 28 author Austin Beutner; California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond; 2023 California Teacher of the Year Catherine Borek; as well as representatives from the CDE, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, San Diego County Office of Education, and Create California to discuss how to best leverage funding.

Webinar 2 (March 14, 2024)

On March 14, 2024, the CDE hosted the second webinar in the Proposition 28/Arts and Music in Schools series. The webinar provided technical assistance for LEAs by explaining the formulas behind the 2023–24 funding allocation, demonstrating a walk-through of the written waiver submission process, detailing the adopted audit guide procedures, and summarizing all reporting and certification obligations.

Webinar 3 (May 31, 2024)

The third webinar of the AMS series spotlights two LEAs, Inglewood Unified School District and Elk Grove Unified School District, that shared on their first year of implementation. Additional topics covered in the session include an update on credentialing pathways and a review of key dates and content for required reporting. In addition to the full recording below, you will find the resources the LEAs discussed in their snapshot presentations.

External Resources

A range of organizations in California have developed guidance for implementing the AMS at the local level. Select resources are listed below.

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Proposition 28 Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Listserv

The purpose of the California Department of Education Proposition 28 contacts listserv is to provide LEAs and other interested parties important information, such as notifications regarding the release of additional program information related to the AMS program.

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