Reported Live from the Grammys
by Phyllis Pollack
During the 55th Annual Grammy Awards tonight, it was announced by Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow, along with radio host, producer and Grammy Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and multi-winning Grammy recipient Justin Timberlake that a new award, the first-ever Music Educator Award will be presented next year.
The Music Educator Award will be presented during 2014's Grammy Week.
Music fans can nominate their favorite music teacher starting tonight. Nominations are open now, and the deadline ends on April 15, 2013.
For guidelines to nominate a favorite music instructor, visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.
Anyone is eligible to nominate a teacher. This includes not only students, but also parents, friends, colleagues, community members, deans and school administrators.
The submission process is so open, that teachers may even submit themselves for nominations.
One winner will be chosen from 10 finalists each year, who will be acknowledged for having a remarkable impact on their students' lives.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, ranging from kindergarten through college, in both public and private schools.
The first annual Music Educator Award winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, and will attend the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. The winner will also receive a $10,000.00 honorarium.
The remaining nine finalists will each receive a $1000.00 honorarium.
The funds for the honorariums were 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 programs, including Grammy Foundation's Grammy In the Schools Live! event.
The Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present the Music Educator Award, in order to acknowledge the importance of the contribution of music teachers as a positive influence on their students and in culture.
The Grammy Awards are sponsored by The Recording Academy. Formed in 1957, the Academy is an organization comprised of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals, which 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.
The Academy also includes in its mission the goal of ensuring music that remains an indelible part of American culture, through its many initiatives that support education. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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The televised portion of the music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It 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).
Phyllis Pollack is reporting live from the Grammys.
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