The unimaginable became the unthinkable. The unthinkable became the unlikely. The unlikely became the uncertain. The uncertain became the possible. The possible has become reality. Twenty months after the first report documented the significant decline of music education in California schools, and following an intensive and well coordinated advocacy campaign by music and arts supporters, the state has enacted into law the single largest investment in music and arts education programs in the history of our nation. More than $500 million targeted to reinvigorate K-12 music and arts education programs. And it does not come a moment too soon. A new report being prepared by the Music for All Foundation shows that student participation in music programs in California has declined by over 600,000 students (56%) in the last 6 years. This funding marks the turning point to reverse this trend and build back these programs. First, the facts. Then we will look at the lessons learned and how these may apply to your own efforts in your state or community!