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GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools Announced In L.A. County
On Oct. 16 the GRAMMY Museum announced four Los Angeles County public high schools have been selected to receive cash grants totaling $90,000 thanks to the GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools program, a GRAMMY In The Schools initiative, and the philanthropy of The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.
The recipients are Blair High School in Pasadena, Glendale High School, John Marshall High School in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, and Norwalk High School. The cash awards will be distributed over a three-year period. Additionally, each school will receive a custom award for display and recognition by the GRAMMY Museum.
"Every year is a struggle to keep the train on the track," said educator Amy Rangel of her program at Glendale High School Music several years ago, describing the community effort, financial help and ongoing struggles that come together while traditional school funding also does all it can. One high point for her was when her kids performed with donors Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. "All those guys in the band started in their school band program," she said. "That's where the seed was planted."
Both at home in L.A. Live and through its many outreach programs, the GRAMMY Museum and its generous partner organizations also do all they can to support the artists of tomorrow who are still kids today — as well as supporting the social and psychological benefits that music education promotes.
In the big finale for the movie Grease, Signature School John Marshall H.S. had a starring role as the make-believe Rydell H.S. But for the children attending this year's Signature Schools, their music programs are an ongoing celebration which is only the beginning.