U.S. High Schools in the Running for Grants for Music Excellence

 Supported in Part by Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, Journeys, and RBC Capital Markets

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 24, 2014) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( today announced that 120 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalists ( for 2015. 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.

Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best program of the Gold recipients is designated as the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated as GRAMMY Signature Schools. For schools that are economically underserved, the GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise Award to recognize the efforts these schools have made in music education. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is made possible in part by the generous support of Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, Journeys, and RBC Capital Markets.

The GRAMMY Foundation has also established the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, an extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Through our partnership with Converse, the Hot Topic Foundation, Journeys, and the RBC Foundation USA, the GRAMMY Foundation identifies deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000 grant. To date, approximately $875,000 in grants have been distributed to more than 800 schools.

"Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides an ideal platform to raise awareness of public high schools across the country that are providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "It is also a much-needed resource for the schools that — in the face of serious economic challenges — are still able to provide a rigorous musical curriculum for their students. The GRAMMY Foundation is committed to arts education and believes in the long-lasting interdisciplinary benefits it provides for young people."

In mid-March 2015, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000 to benefit their music program.


2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists:


Academy of Music at Hamilton High School Los Angeles,Ca
Allen High School Allen, Texas
Allendale High School Allendale, Mich.
Antelope High School Antelope, Calif.
Arizona School for the Arts Phoenix
Ashland High School Ashland, Wis.
Atherton High School Louisville, Ky.
Ballard High School Louisville, Ky.
Batavia High School Batavia, Ill.
Bellefonte Area High School Bellefonte, Pa.
Bergen County Academies Hackensack, N.J.
Big Foot High School Walworth, Wis.
Biloxi High School Biloxi, Miss.
Blue Ridge High School Greer, S.C.
Blue Valley Northwest High School Overland Park, Kan.
Boston Latin School Boston
Brainerd High School Brainerd, Minn.
Canton High School Canton, Conn.
Chelmsford High School Chelmsford, Mass.
Chugiak High School Chugiak, Alaska
Colonel Richardson High School Federalsburg, Md.
Coral Gables Senior High School Coral Gables, Fla.
David Douglas High School Portland, Ore.
Davis Senior High School Davis, Calif.
DeLand High School DeLand, Fla.
Delavan-Darien High School Delavan, Wis.
Desert Mountain High School Scottsdale, Ariz.
Desert Vista High School Phoenix
Division Avenue High School Levittown, N.Y.
Dover Eyota High School Eyota, Minn.
Dulaney High School Timonium, Md.
Edinburg North High School Edinburg, Texas
El Camino High School South San Francisco, Calif.
Eldred Junior Senior High School Eldred, N.Y.
Elk Grove High School Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Esperanza High School Anaheim, Calif.
Fairfield Senior High School Fairfield, Ohio
Fairview High School Boulder, Colo.
Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, N.Y.
Fern Creek High School Louisville, Ky.
Firelands High School Oberlin, Ohio
Fitzgerald High School Warren, Mich.
Flower Mound High School Flower Mound, Texas
Floyd Central High School Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Fox Chapel Area High School Pittsburgh
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School Queens, N.Y.
Freeport High School Freeport, Ill.
Garden City High School Garden City, N.Y.
General Douglas MacArthur High School Levittown, N.Y.
General McLane High School Edinboro, Pa.
George Washington High School San Francisco
Girard Academic Music Program Philadelphia
Grandview High School Aurora, Colo.
Grangeville High School Grangeville, Idaho
Green Valley High School Henderson, Nev.
Harrison High School Harrison, N.Y.
Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin, Ill.
Herricks High School New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Hidalgo Early College High School Hidalgo, Texas
Huntingdon Area High School Huntingdon, Pa.
Huntington High School Huntington, N.Y.
Iowa City West High School Iowa City, Iowa
Irvine High School Irvine, Calif.
John Glenn High School New Concord, Ohio
John L. Miller Great Neck North High School Great Neck, N.Y.
John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Augusta, Ga.
Johnson City High School Johnson City, N.Y.
Kamiak High School Mukilteo, Wash.
Kentwood High School Covington, Wash.
Lakeview High School Cortland, Ohio
Lancaster High School Lancaster, N.Y.
Lebanon High School Lebanon, Ohio
Liberty High School Liberty, N.Y.
Long Beach High School Lido Beach, N.Y.
McCallum Fine Arts Academy Austin, Texas
Metea Valley High School Aurora, Ill.
Mount Eden High School Hayward, Calif.
Nederland High School Nederland, Colo.
Niles North High School Skokie, Ill.
Niskayuna High School Niskayuna, N.Y.
North Allegheny Senior High School Wexford, Pa.
North Buncombe High School Weaverville, N.C.
North Springs Charter High School Sandy Springs, Ga.
Northern High School Owings, Md.
Northville High School Northville, Mich.
Northwood High School Irvine, Calif.
Overton High School Memphis, Tenn.
Paul D. Schreiber High School Port Washington, N.Y.
Penn High School Mishawaka, Ind.
Pioneer High School Ann Arbor, Mich.
Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School Pittsburgh
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Princeton High School Princeton, Ill.
Pulaski High School Pulaski, Wis.
Red River High School Grand Forks, N.D.
Renaissance Arts Academy Los Angeles
Ridgewood High School Ridgewood, N.J.
Ripon High School Ripon, Wis.
Rockford High School Rockford, Mich.
Rocky Mountain High School Fort Collins, Colo.
Smithtown High School East St. James, N.Y.
Smithtown High School West Smithtown, N.Y.
Southington High School Southington, Conn.
Spring High School Spring, Texas
State College Area High School State College, Pa.
Tesoro High School Las Flores, Calif.
Toledo School for the Arts Toledo, Ohio
Trinity High School Euless, Texas
Underwood High School Underwood, Minn.
Warren Central High School Indianapolis
Washington Community High School Washington, Ill.
Waubonsie Valley High School Aurora, Ill.
Waukesha North High School Waukesha, Wis.
West Genesee High School Camillus, N.Y.
West Port High School Ocala, Fla.
Westlake High School Westlake Village, Calif.
William A. Shine Great Neck South High School Great Neck, N.Y.
Williamsport Area High School Williamsport, Pa.
Woodbridge High School Irvine, Calif.
York Community High School Elmhurst, Ill.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August 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 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 blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present the first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the second annual Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2015. For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at


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