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Nominations Open for Second Annual Music Educator Award

by Shari


Kent Knappenberger Of Westfield Academy And Central School In Westfield, N.Y., Recognized As Recipient Of First-Ever Music Educator Award
Knappenberger And Nine Finalists Receive Cash Honorariums, With Generous Support And Resources Provided By The GRAMMY Foundation®’s Education Champions Box Tops For Education®, Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface, And Universal Music Group

WHO: Applications for the second annual Music Educator Award™ are currently online; to nominate a teacher, visit The deadline to nominate is March 31, 2014. The application process will adjust each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded. 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. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application.
Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y., was announced as the recipient of the first annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Knappenberger was recognized during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast in a segment featuring President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow along with multi-GRAMMY-winning artist John Legend and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest. A total of nine music teachers from nine cities across seven states were finalists for the award. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
WHAT: The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award was announced last year on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards by Portnow, Seacrest and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake.
Each year, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. Knappenberger was flown to Los Angeles to accept the award and received a $10,000 honorarium at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week 2014. He and his family also attended the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events. The nine finalists received a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also received matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions Box Tops For Education®, Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface, and Universal Music Group.
WHEN:           Deadline is March 31, 2014.

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