THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND, TO CELEBRATE MUSIC EDUCATION IN FAIRBANKS
West Valley High School To Be Presented With 2014 GRAMMY® Signature Schools Enterprise Award Grant
West Valley High School and Lathrop High School To Also Participate In GRAMMY Camp® — Basic Training Program With Music Industry Professionals
WHO: GRAMMY® Signature Schools Enterprise Award Presentation: Students, teachers, and leadership of West Valley High School; Pamela Alexander of the Ford Motor Company Fund; and GRAMMY Foundation® Executive Education Director David R. Sears.
GRAMMY Camp® — Basic Training: talent executive and television producer Deborah Byrd-Richardson; KUAC-FM music director and host/producer of “Alaska Live” Lori Neufeld; and GRAMMY Foundation Executive Education Director David R. Sears.
WHAT: The GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award Presentation will honor West Valley High School with an award of $5,500 for achieving GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise status. A total of 12 schools across the country have been named GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2014, seven of which will receive an Enterprise Award and a monetary grant of $5,500. The Enterprise Award category recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved. Each of the 12 GRAMMY Signature Schools selected in 2014 will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top three 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 $6,000, and the two remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,000. Two remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $2,000 to benefit their music programs.
In addition, top music industry professionals will discuss the realities of the music business and careers in music with high school students at GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, a GRAMMY in the Schools® initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation. This event is made possible with generous support provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training conducts a panel and workshop focusing on various fields in the music industry.
WHY: To encourage careers in the music business, GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training provides high school students an opportunity to interact with music industry professionals in educational settings throughout the country. 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.
WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.
GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training at West Valley High School
3800 Geist Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
8:30 a.m. Guest & Media Check-In
9 – 10:30 a.m. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training Panel
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Press interviews & Trade shot
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9:15 – 11 a.m.
GRAMMY Camp —Basic Training at Lathrop High School (Band Room)
901 E. Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
9:15 a.m. Guest & Media Check-In
9:30 a.m. Press interviews & Trade shot
9:50 – 10:58 a.m. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training Panel
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:15 – 7 p.m.
GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award Presentation at West Valley High School
3800 Geist Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
6:15 p.m. Media Check-in
6:30 p.m. Media Reception
7 p.m. GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award and Check Presentation
7:15 p.m. West Valley High School Concert
The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. 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. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information about our music education programs, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “GRAMMY in the Schools®” on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).
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Submitted by Christina Cassidy