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GRAMMY Signature Schools Program

Sponsored by The GRAMMY Foundation
Web Site:
Contact:The GRAMMY Foundation
Attn: GRAMMY Signature Schools
3030 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310.392.3777
Email: (Application/semifinalist support) or use online contact form.
Description:The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes outstanding music programs in US public high schools with cash awards of $1,000 to $10,000. Schools may receive the title of GRAMMY Signature School or, based on excellence, may be elevated to the “Gold” category, from which the National GRAMMY Signature School is chosen. In addition, school music programs that can demonstrate financial need may compete to receive a GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award of $5,000 or more.

Only public high schools are eligible to apply. A school may be a neighborhood, magnet, or performing arts school. Interested schools must register online to apply, and then receive an application. Schools judged as semifinalists submit additional materials, including required audition recordings for the Signature Schools program and an essay that establishes financial need and solutions supported by a cash grant for the Enterprise Award. In 2012, there were 129 schools named semifinalists.

Applications are submitted online. Audition recordings must be mailed to the contact address by the deadline provided to semifinalists in the Signature Schools program and the Enterprise Award program. Schools may reapply each year, though schools that win consecutive years must wait one year after a certain point, depending on the award level and type of school (neighborhood or magnet/performing arts).
Award(s):GRAMMY Signature Schools receive cash grants of $1,000 to a top award of $10,000 for the school music program. GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipients receive cash grants of $5,000 or more for the school music program.
Deadline(s):Applications are due October 22, 2014, with semifinalist schools notified in December and the GRAMMY Signature School recipients announced in March.
Grade Level(s):9-12
Content Area(s): Arts
21st Century
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