Nights after Tamar Braxton and Beyonce learned that their work had been recognised by the committee here, the music industry readies the arrival of a brand new Grammy award today- announced one month before its ceremony takes place at LA’s ‘Staples Centre.’
Details on the interesting new development below…
As to celebrate the work carried out by music teachers across the country, the Grammy committee welcomes the birth of the ‘Music Educator Award’.
This,seeking to honour and ‘recognise current educators from kindergarten through college 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.’
Billboard Biz explains:
“The award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception honouring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award during Grammy Week 2014.
The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.
Companies and organisations supporting the award include the Grammy Foundation’s Education Champions Box Tops For Education, Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface and Universal Music Group.”
Peep the full list of finalists below…
First Name Last Name School City State
Lisa Bianconi Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Westminster Vt.
Charles Cushinery Ed W. Clark High School Las Vegas Nev.
Andrew DeNicola John P. Stevens High School Edison N.J.
Vivian Gonzalez South Miami K-8 Center Miami Fla.
Kent Knappenberger Westfield Academy and Central School Westfield N.Y.
Kathrine Kouns Horizon High School Scottsdale Ariz.
Glen McCarthy George Mason University Fairfax Va.
Steve Vutsinas Grassfield High School Chesapeake Va.
Jo Wallace-Abbie Plano West Senior High School Plano Texas
Mary Jo West George Mason High School Falls Church Va.