March 01, 2013

Nominate Your Favorite Music Teacher for the First-Ever Music Educator Award, Presented by The Recording Academy and The GRAMMY Foundation

Music teachers play an incredibly important role in a world where arts-education budgets seem to be on the decline. A great music teacher can help a shy student become a confident young adult or provide an outlet for someone going through a tough time. They can make the difference between life-long joy through music or a promising talent left un-pursued. They can make you believe in yourself and in your seemingly crazy dreams when no one else does.  Is there a music teacher who made a positive difference in your life and encouraged you? If so, consider nominating them for the first Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and The GRAMMY Foundation.


On this year's GRAMMYs, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, and Neil Portnow announced a new award dedicated to recognizing music educators and their important role in a student's musical experiences. Nominations are open now until April 15, 2013.

How it works:

  • The award  is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. 
  • Anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends,olleagues, community members, school deans and administrators — and teachers are also able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application.
  •  One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students' lives. 
  • The first award will be presented during GRAMMY® Week 2014. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
To nominate someone: