Music is power. Music Educators have the capacity to unleash that power.
- 95 percent of Americans believe that music is a key component in a child’s well-rounded education.
- Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance and graduation rates than schools that do not have music programs.
Every successful individual has an inspirational teacher in their past. The inspirational teachers of musicians have left an imprint that goes well beyond the success of their students because the output of those music students is something that our entire culture benefits from and enjoys.
The GRAMMY Foundation® and The Recording Academy® are partnering to present the first-ever Music Educator Award, to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape.
Whether singing in the shower, playing in their college marching band, or performing on the GRAMMY® stage, musicians of all levels have had music teachers that have made a difference in their lives, and this award will acknowledge that contribution.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, and the first annual award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception in 2014, the night before the GRAMMY Awards®.
The Music Educator Award recipient will receive an award and honorarium of $10,000. In addition, nine finalists will also be recognized for their contributions and they will each receive an award and $1,000.
Everyone can nominate a teacher – students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, members of The Recording Academy, school deans and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Once a teacher is nominated, s/he will be notified and encouraged to fill out the complete application.
Visit www.grammymusicteacher.com to submit a nomination. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2013.