Nominations For First-Ever Music Educator Award Presented By The Recording Academy® And GRAMMY Foundation® Are Now Open

  Nominations For First-Ever Music Educator Award Presented By The Recording
                 Academy® And GRAMMY Foundation® Are Now Open

Support Provided By The Ford Motor Company Fund

April 15 Is Deadline For Award Nominations

PR Newswire

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


WHO: The GRAMMY Foundation^® and The Recording Academy^®
             On last night's 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards^®  broadcast live on
             the CBS Television Network, President/CEO of The Recording
             Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio
             host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan
WHAT:   Seacrest and  multi-GRAMMY^®-winning artist Justin Timberlake
             announced that the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy
             are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award
             to recognize music educators for their contributions to our
             musical landscape and their positive influence on their students'
             musical experiences.
             The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from
             kindergarten through college, in public and private schools.
             Anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends,
             colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators —
             and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated
             teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application.
             One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be
             recognized for their remarkable impact on their students' lives.
             The first award will be presented during GRAMMY^® Week 2014. The
             winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend
             the GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine
             finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
             The honorariums provided to the winners are made possible by a
             grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. This new partnership with
             the Ford Motor Company Fund expands their financial support of
             GRAMMY Foundation music education initiatives.
WHEN:      The nomination process is open now and the deadline for
             nominations is April 15, 2013.
             To view guidelines and/or to nominate your favorite music
             educator, visit

The GRAMMY Foundation^® was established in 1989 to cultivate the
understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded
music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through
programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community
as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round
with its founder, The Recording Academy^®, to bring national attention to
important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and
the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the
significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences,
the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our
first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through
college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014.
The nomination process is online at and the deadline
for submissions is April 15.  For more information about the Foundation,
please visit For breaking news and exclusive
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Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians,
songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is
dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music
and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent
peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in
music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional
development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services
programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical
excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music
remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The
Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content,
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