A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. More than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (Kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who “have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”
A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which is supporting the project with advocacy resources, announced that NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer will sit on the award’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. Semifinalists will be announced in August.
The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops for Education, and Journeys.
Creation of the award was announced February 20, 2013, at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President and CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake.
“NAfME congratulates all the quarterfinalists on this exciting recognition,” said Elizabeth Lasko, NAfME Assistant Executive Director. “NAfME is pleased to support the Grammy Music Educator Award program. We know that just about every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage had a music teacher who believed in them, and we’re really pleased to see music educators spotlighted in this way.”
Read the list of the 217 music educators and additional information about the award.
Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, June 7, 2013. © National Association for Music Education