The GRAMMY Foundation today announced that 12 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2010. 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. GRAMMY Signature Schools is presented by the Gibson Foundation with support from the Ford Motor Company Fund.
"Our commitment to fostering and rewarding excellence in music education at public high schools around the country has never been more important," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "In fact it's a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation's mission. Throughout the academic year, these schools and their teachers work to share the positive power of music with their students, and the resources we provide through our GRAMMY Signature Schools program strengthen their efforts. Many of these schools face serious financial burdens, so we are very pleased to announce six Enterprise Awards again this year. We truly appreciate the continued support of the Gibson Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund to help make this program a success."
Each of the 12 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 $5,000, and the two remaining Gold schools each will also receive $5,000. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, six schools will receive a grant of $5,000 each. The remaining three GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $1,000 to benefit their music programs. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fla., is the 2010 National GRAMMY Signature School.
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 www.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.
For a complete list of 2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools, click here.