Mickey Smith Jr. (L) at the 2020 GRAMMYs
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2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Winner Mickey Smith Jr. Accepts $10,000 Check For Maplewood Middle School
Last week, 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award winner Mickey Smith Jr. received the $10,000 check on behalf of the music department of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, La., where he works as the beloved band director.
Donna and John Bel Edwards, the First Lady and Governor of Louisiana, respectively, and Pamela Alexander of the Ford Motor Company Fund, which partners with the GRAMMY Museum to sponsor the annual accolade, presented the giant check to Smith Jr. virtually.
"Thank you to everyone that's been a part of this amazing process. As a kid, I'd always dreamed of winning a GRAMMY as a musician, but middle school band records don't win GRAMMYs, especially those in small towns," Smith shared as he accepted the prize. "But it's amazing how if you just keep waking up every day, amazing can happen."
The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The 2021 recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week next year.