2007 GRAMMY Signature Schools Named
Program recognizes top U.S. public schools making a commitment to music education
The GRAMMY Foundation today announced 22 schools nationwide that have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2007. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.
"Each year, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program celebrates schools across the U.S. that have created exemplary music programs," said Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation President Neil Portnow. "These schools recognize the influential role music plays in the lives of young people, and are committed to maintaining excellence in their music curricula to better serve their students."
Each of the 22 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top three are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $10,000 and the two remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,000. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, three schools will receive a grant of $5,000 each. Additionally, through the Gibson Foundation, three schools will each be awarded additional grants of $5,000 to benefit their guitar and/or piano programs. Award presentations are made throughout the spring at the National GRAMMY Signature School, and at schools that are Gold recipients, Enterprise Award winners and Gibson grantees. The remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients each will receive a grant award of $1,000 to benefit their music programs.
Determined by a panel of top music educators and professionals, New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill., was named the National GRAMMY Signature School. Schools awarded Gold status are: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla., and Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Ill. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipients are: Chesnee High School, Chesnee, S.C.; DeKalb School of the Arts, Atlanta, Ga.; and Fitzgerald High School, Warren, Mich.
The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in September when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at Grammyintheschools.com. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent screening committee to determine the schools that merit Signature School status. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Blue Ribbon Committee selects the National school, the two Gold recipients and the three Enterprise Award schools.
For a complete list of 2007 GRAMMY Signature Schools, please click here.