THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION® 2013 GRAMMY SIGNATURE SCHOOLS SEMIFINALISTS
2013 GRAMMY® SIGNATURE
Walter Johnson High School in the Running
for Grants for Music Excellence
Supported in Part by Best Buy, the Ford
Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2012)
— The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.org)
today announced that 129 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature
Schools semifinalists (www.grammyintheschools.com)
for 2013. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S.
public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education
during an academic school year.
Each of the GRAMMY Signature
Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit
its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best
of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The
remaining schools are designated GRAMMY
Signature Schools. For schools that are economically underserved, the
GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise
Award category to recognize the efforts in music education made by these schools.
GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous
support of Best Buy, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation.
"Just as the GRAMMY Award® recognizes
excellence in the recording arts, the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature
Schools program recognizes public high schools across the country for their
dedication to providing excellent music education programs for their students,"
said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the
GRAMMY Foundation. "These semifinalist schools should be commended for
their steadfast commitment to maintaining an arts curriculum that will result
in long term benefits for their students."
In mid-March 2013, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce
the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will
receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to
benefit their music program.
The selection process for
GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation
mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large
and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each
school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October
www.grammyintheschools.com. After the applications are scored, finalists are
identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of
school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed
by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and
professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate
the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded
music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past
to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music
professionals. 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. Campbell's Labels for
Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY
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