Schools and Communities Recognized by NAMM and GRAMMY Foundations
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Schools and Communities Recognized by NAMM and GRAMMY Foundations

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Each year, two prominent music industry organizations utilize their voice to spotlight music education success stories in our schools. The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education highlights school districts across the country that promote and support music education in their classrooms. The GRAMMY Foundation's Signature Schools program has been recognizing music education achievement with grants to outstanding public high schools. By recognizing schools and communities that are supporting the arts and music as a core component of scholastic education, the NAMM Foundation and GRAMMY Foundation are ensuring that music education remains in our nation's schools for years to come.

Music for All is proud advocate for music education, and programs like Best Communities for Music Education and GRAMMY Signature Schools help promote MFA's vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child has access and opportunity to active music making in his or her scholastic environment. MFA programs such as the Bands of America Marching Championships and Music for All National Festival provide an opportunity for schools to be recognized for achievement on a national stage. Music programs can utilize this national platform to increase school and community support for music education.

The 2014 Best Communities for Music Education recognized 376 school distrcits across the country that embrace music education as a core component of scholastic instruction. Music for All is proud that 76 of those school districts have recently participated in MFA programming. You can view the list of MFA participants recognized by scrolling through the list below. Click here to view the entire list of 2014 honorees.

2014 Best Communities for Music Education

Hoover City Schools
Vestavia Hills City Schools
Tucson Unified School District
Bakersfield City School District
Glendale Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Saint Johns County School District
Cobb County School District
DeKalb County School District
Fulton County School System
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Indian Prairie School District
Elkhart Community Schools
South Spencer County School Corporation
Metropolitan School District of Warren Township
Paoli Community School Corporation
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
Davenport Community School District
Fayette County Public Schools
Baltimore County Public Schools
Troy School District
Ferndale Public Schools
Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District
Mounds View Public Schools
Clark County School District
New Jersey
South Brunswick School District

New York
Arlington Central School District
Baldwinsville Central School District
Jordan Elbridge Central School District
Liverpool Central School District
West Genesee Central School District
North Carolina
Cabarrus County Schools
Clark-Shawnee Local School District
Kettering City Schools
Lebanon City School District
Hilliard City Schools
Kings Local School District
Stillwater Public Schools
Central Bucks School District
Fox Chapel Area School District
Mechanicsburg Area School District
Moon Area School District
Mt. Lebanon School District
North Penn School District
Trinity Area School District
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Arlington Independent School District
Austin Independent School District
Brownsville Independent School District
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
Conroe Independent School District
Denton Independent School District
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Fort Bend Independent School District
Garland Independent School District
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
Hidalgo Independent School District
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District
Katy Independent School District
Klein Independent School District
Lewisville Independent School District
McAllen Independent School District
Mesquite Independent School District
Northwest Independent School District
Pasadena Independent School District
Richardson Independent School District
Spring Independent School District
Waxahachie Independent School District
Wylie Independent School District
Fairfax County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Evergreen Public Schools
Pasco School District #1

2014 SupportMusic Merit Award

The Best Communities for Music Education program additionally recognizes individual schools for music education achievement. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognized 96 schools across the country, including three who have participated in MFA programs:
Diamond Bar H.S., CA
West Ranch H.S., CA
Springs Valley H.S., IN

2014 GRAMMY Signature Schools

The GRAMMY Foundation provided nearly $60,000 in grants to 12 schools recognized as GRAMMY Signature Schools. You can view the entire list of recipients here. Four of the schools have participated in BOA Marching Championships and the MFA National Festival:
Diamond Bar H.S., CA
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, NV
Cherry Creek H.S., CO
Mount Vernon H.S., VA

Congratulations to each of the schools and communities honored by the NAMM and GRAMMY Foundations! If you are a teacher, participant or parent from one of the recognized schools, or your school is promoting music education, we'd love to hear from you! Click here to share your story or contact us. Application information for the 2015 Best Communities for Music Education and GRAMMY Signature Schools will be avilable in October.

Seth Williams

Seth Williams is the Advocacy Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.