The nominations process for the first-ever Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation has ended and the quarterfinalists will be announced in early May at www.grammymusicteacher.com. The inaugural award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2014.
One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops For Education, and teen retailer Journeys.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten–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 schools. The award was open to current United States music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.