The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum's Music Educator Award
2021 Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists Announced
The nation's top music teachers woke up to exciting news this morning as the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have announced this year's quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award. A total of 216 music teachers from 199 cities have been announced as quarterfinalists for the presitgious honor and now find themselves in the running to recieve cash honorariums, with generous support and resources provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund.
The award was established to recognize current educators - kindergarten through college, public and private schools - 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. In addition to our quarterfinalists, 91 legacy applicants from 2020 will also be eligible to win the award this year.
The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2021. Last year's recipient was Mickey Smith Jr of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana.
The eighth annual honoree will be selected from 10 finalists and flown to Los Angeles to attend the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund.
The next step for this outstanding group of music educators is to await the semifinalist annoucement in September. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
For more information, visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.