Canyon Crest Academy selected as a ‘Grammy Signature School’
By City News Service
The Grammy Foundation announced recently that three dozen schools nationwide, including Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, have been selected as Grammy Signature Schools for 2011.
Created in 1998, the program “recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year,” according to the Santa Monica-based Grammy Foundation, an arm of The Recording Academy.
Canyon Crest was the only campus in San Diego County, and one of only a handful of California schools, to be chosen this year.
“The Grammy Signature Schools program exemplifies the Grammy Foundation’s commitment to fostering excellence in music education in public high schools,” 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 grant the largest number of Grammy Signature Schools awards in recent history, with 36 public high schools in communities across the United States receiving this recognition,” he said.
Portnow added that he is “especially proud that this year in the Enterprise Award category for economically underserved schools, we have announced the largest number of recipients in the Grammy Foundation’s history.”
Each of the three dozen Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.
The top seven schools are designated Gold recipients, with one of those named the National Grammy Signature School — a designation worth $15,000 for Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. The other six Gold schools each will receive $5,500.
Two remaining Grammy Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $2,500 to benefit their music programs.
In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 27 schools, including Canyon Crest, will each receive a $5,500 grant.
The selection process for Grammy Signature Schools begins each August, when the foundation mails notifications 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. 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, for review by an independent committee of music educators and professionals.
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