Music education spotlight: GRAMMY Museum, GRAMMY Foundation

In honor of their merger, we round up 8 ways the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation previously supported music education
  • Roland Room exhibit at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
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    A student in the Roland Room exhibit at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
  • GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session chorus students
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    GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session chorus students perform at GRAMMYs In The Schools Live! in 2017
April 17, 2017 -- 10:00 am PDT

In a newly announced development, the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation are joining forces to offer the best of each organization's initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming. The resulting new GRAMMY Museum Foundation will look to become the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music through their combined efforts.

Together in 2016, the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation served nearly 100,000 students through local and national education initiatives. To demonstrate their collective potential, here is a look back at four ways each organization previously raised the flag for music education.

GRAMMY Museum 

Interactive exhibits

The Museum has curated more than 60 exhibits since opening in 2008, including more than 20 that have toured other cultural institutions around the world. For example, Swifties can take a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artist with The Taylor Swift Experience exhibit, which is currently at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. Or if you're a hardcore guitar head, the Shining Like A National Guitar exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum might be more your speed.

Educational programs

In its bid to present the "most dynamic and exciting educational programs," the Museum has hosted more than 650 public programs, featuring artist interviews, live performances, film screenings, lectures, and continuing education classes. Upcoming classes cover topics such as networking, pop lyric songwriting and the music of the Civil War.

Jane Ortner Artist and Education Award

Since 2014, the GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon has honored both an artist and Southern California educator each year. The Artist Award celebrates a performer who has demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts, while the Education Award recognizes educators who incorporate music into teaching academic subjects such as the language arts, history, math, and science. Lady Gaga was the 2016 Artist Award recipient.

School tours

The Museum has offered a variety of tour options for schools to maximize the educational potential for attending students. Teachers can take their class on a self-guided tour through the Museum's cutting-edge immersive exhibits or schedule an educational workshop along with their visit, resulting in a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

GRAMMY Museum, GRAMMY Foundation join forces for education

GRAMMY Foundation

Grant Program

In 2016 the GRAMMY Foundation provided 20 grants, totaling $300,000, to facilitate a wide range of research, archiving and preservation projects. Each year, grants have been issued to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.


For more than 10 years, the Foundation hosted a variety of GRAMMY Camps, including residential and daytime summer programs, which allowed talented high school students to deepen their musical skills. GRAMMY campers receive unprecedented access to professional music creators and participate in once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz session has brought select students to GRAMMY Week for a series of high-profile performances and an album recording session.

Watch: Maren Morris graduates from GRAMMY Camper to GRAMMY winner

GRAMMY Signature Schools

GRAMMY Signature Schools provided awards and monetary grants to public high school music programs based upon need as well as top public high school music programs. Since 2010, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in cash grants to more than 600 schools around the country. Some recipient schools have even leveraged their grants into additional funding for their music education programs.

Music Educator Award

Established in 2013 as a joint presentation by the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy, the Music Educator Award honors outstanding full-time music educators who teach kindergarten through college in public and private schools. The winner and top Music Educator Award finalists are presented with a monetary award plus a trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards. Each of their schools also receive matching grants. Southern California native Keith Hancock was named the 2017 recipient.

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