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Anthony Mazzocchi of Montclair State University is one of 25 Semifinalists selected for the First-Ever Music Educator Award Presented by THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®

WHO:  A total of 25 music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. To see the list of all 25 semifinalists, visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

 

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 will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, and Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.

 As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current United States music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 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. 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 Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, Box Tops For Education, and Journeys with additional support from Universal Music Group.

 

WHEN:  The 10 finalists will be announced in December. For more information visit, www.grammymusicteacher.com.


Media Contacts:

Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/MusiCares/310.392.3777/hannah.berryman@grammy.com

Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.581.8670/christina.cassidy@grammy.com

For Ford Motor Company Fund:

Edna Sims-Bruce/ESP Public Relations/310.827.9727/ESPPR@aol.com

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