MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND GRAMMY MUSEUM®

WHO: A total of 25 music teachers, from 24 cities across 16 states, have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 1,135 initial nominations were submitted from 49 states. Nominations for the 2023 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

Name

School

City

State

Bonnie Anderson

Miller’s Point Elementary School

Converse

Texas

Justin Antos

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Frankfort

Illinois

Stephen Blanco

Las Vegas High School

Las Vegas

Nevada

Joshua Boyd

Newnan High School

Newnan

Georgia

Michael Coelho

Ipswich High School

Newburyport

Massachusetts

Kyle Cook

Western Branch Middle School

Portsmouth

Virginia

Stephen Cox

Eastland High School

Eastland

Texas

Cory Joy Craig

Benton Intermediate School

Shreveport

Louisiana

Christine Cumberledge

Central Junior High School

Euless

Texas

Brandon Elliott

Moorpark College

Moorpark

California

Chris Gleason

Patrick Marsh Middle School

Sun Prairie

Wisconsin

Sarah Gulish

Lower Moreland High School

Huntingdon Valley

Pennsylvania

Ryan Mack

P.S. 10 Magnet School of Math, Science, & Design Technology

Brooklyn

New York

Chris Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada

Colorado

Amber Moss

Lakeside Middle School-Garland County

Hot Springs

Arkansas

Trevor Nicholas

Nicholas Senn High School

Chicago

Illinois

Zachary Pitt-Smith

Edna Brewer Middle School

Oakland

California

Bethany Robinson

Noblesville High School

Noblesville

Indiana

Yael Rothfeld

Thurston Elementary School

Ann Arbor

Michigan

Jason Schayot

Berkner High School

Richardson

Texas

Matthew Shephard

Meridian Early College High School

Sanford

Michigan

Katie Silcott

Olentangy Shanahan Middle School

Lewis Center

Ohio

Matthew Trevino

Roan Forest Elementary

San Antonio

Texas

Alice Tsui

New Bridges Elementary

Brooklyn

New York

Tammy Yi

Chapman University

Orange

California

WHAT: The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2022.

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.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. They will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 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. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

The finalists will be announced in December. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.

ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube

About Ford Motor Company Fund

As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life, and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook and Twitter.

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CONTACTS

Daniela Tellechea
Communications, Recording Academy
T. 310.581.8764
daniela.tellechea@recordingacademy.com

Jasmine Lywen-Dill
Director of Communications, GRAMMY Museum
T. 213.725.5703
jlywen-dill@grammymuseum.org

Derek Spencer
Program Manager, GRAMMY Museum
T. 310.581.1260
dspencer@grammymuseum.org

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