By Phyllis Pollack
The Annual Grammy Music Educator Award program is supported by the National Association of Music Merchandisers (NAMM) Foundation in recognition of the significant role of music teachers in musicians' lives and careers.
Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President of the Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares Foundation explained, “Every Grammy performer that makes it to the Grammy stage had a great music teacher somewhere in his or her life that inspired them, by challenging them and motivating them to keep going.”
“So that’s why the Grammy Awards are uniquely positioned to work with the Grammy Foundation to create this new award, celebrating the great work of music teachers, all over the country, and helping all of us love and enjoy music,” she said.
Ten finalists and one winner will be recognized for their remarkable impact each year. The winning music educator will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Music Educator Award, and will attend the Grammy Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium.
Admissions will open on February 11, 2013, at which time students may nominate their favorite music teacher at www.GrammyMusicTeacher.com.
Nominations are open to current U.S. music teachers, kindergarten through college.
The deadline is April 15, 2013.
Madsen noted that teachers entered will have to fulfill certain criteria, including how many music clinics they have done.
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Other nationwide Grammy Foundation programs include Grammy in the Schools, Grammy Camp, Grammy Camp SoundChecks and Grammy Camp Basic Training, and the Grammy Signature Schools Program, all designed to bring youths together with working music business professionals.
The music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
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.
The Grammy Awards are the only 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.