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

25 MUSIC TEACHERS FROM 24 CITIES ACROSS 16 STATES HAVE BEEN SELECTED

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.

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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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