The GRAMMY Foundation®and The Recording Academy®On last night's 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®broadcast live on the CBS TelevisionNetwork, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board ChairRyan 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, inpublic and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends,colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators — and teachers arealso able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fillout an application. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to berecognized for their remarkable impact on their students' lives. The first award will bepresented during GRAMMY® Week 2014. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles toaccept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. Thenine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.The honorariums provided to the winners are made possible by a grant from the FordMotor Company Fund. This new partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fundexpands their financial support of GRAMMY Foundation music education initiatives.
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 www.grammymusicteacher.com.