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Bartlett, East schools garner Grammy® Foundation awards

The Grammy Foundation® announces 2012 Grammy Signature  Schools®

Grants Awarded to 18 Top U.S.  Public High Schools for Music Excellence Including 11 Enterprise Awards Granted  to Economically Underserved Schools Supported in part by Best Buy, Campbell's  Labels For Education Program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson  Foundation Special GRAMMY® Signature Schools Community Awards Given Throughout  The Year In Partnership With Best Buy Mobile

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 2, 2012) - The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.org)  today announced that 18 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature  Schools (www.grammyintheschools.com)  for 2012 and have been awarded cash grants totaling more than $100,000. 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. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part  through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell's Labels For Education  program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation.

In August 2010, the GRAMMY Foundation launched the GRAMMY  Signature Schools Community Award, a new extension of the GRAMMY Signature  Schools program in partnership with Best Buy Mobile. To celebrate the  opening of new Best Buy Mobile stores, the GRAMMY Foundation identified  deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000  grant. During the past year, approximately 100 schools have received the GRAMMY  Signature Schools Community Award, and total dollars granted were in excess of  $200,000. For a list of schools, visit www.grammy.com.

"Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program is making a  real difference in the lives of young people in public high school music  programs across the country," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The  Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "With the  generous support of our partners, we've been able to grow this program's reach,  and further the GRAMMY Foundation's commitment to fostering excellence in music  education."

Each of the 18 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a  custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top six schools are designated Gold recipients.  The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY  Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $15,000,  and the five remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,000. One  remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipient will receive a grant of $2,500 to benefit its music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which  recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 11  schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each.

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools
 

2012 National GRAMMY Signature School ($15,000)

  Douglas Anderson School of the Arts - Jacksonville, Fla.
 

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,000 each)

  Flower Mound High School - Flower Mound, Texas

  Green Valley High School - Henderson, Nev.

  Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing  and Visual Arts - Las Vegas, Nev.

  Prospect High School - Mount Prospect, Ill.

  Westwood High School - Austin, Texas
 

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500)

  Jeffersonville High School - Jeffersonville, Ind.
 

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500  each)

  Bartlett High School - Anchorage, Alaska

  Billings Senior High School - Billings, Mont.

  Chazy High School - Chazy, N.Y.

  David Douglas High School - Portland, Ore.

  East Anchorage High School - Anchorage, Alaska

  Ewing High School - Trenton, N.J.

  Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center - Columbus, Ohio

  Hialeah Gardens High School - Hialeah Gardens, Fla.

  Pahoa High & Intermediate School - Pahoa, Hawaii

  Philomath High School - Philomath, Ore.

  Towers High School - Belvedere Park, Ga.

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 www.grammyintheschools.com. 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 1989 to  cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution  of recorded music to American culture - from the artistic and technical legends  of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations  of music professionals. 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. Campbell's Labels For  Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY  in the Schools programs. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.  For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the  Schools" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grammyintheschools.

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