Grammy-sponsored programs seek student musicians

HONOLULU — The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism announced that Hawai‘i schools and students can now submit applications to participate in three programs that recognize national excellence in music education.

“Sponsored by the Grammy Foundation, these programs will help foster the next generation of music professionals, and we know Hawai’i students have a wealth of talent in the music arena,” said Creative Industries Administrator Georja Skinner. “We hope students and teachers are able to represent the creative talent of our people in these two programs, and will apply to participate in these opportunities.”

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. Each of the 14 signature schools selected will receive an award and monetary grant to benefit its music program.

The top three schools are designated Gold recipients. The National Grammy Signature School receives $10,000, and the two remaining gold schools each receive $5,000. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, three schools will receive a grant of $5,000 each. Additionally, three schools will each be awarded grants of $5,000 to benefit their guitar and/or piano programs. 

The remaining five Grammy signature schools recipients will receive a grant award of $1,000 to benefit their music programs. The recipients are determined by a panel of top music educators and professionals.

The selection process for Grammy Signature Schools begins now and the deadline to submit applications is Wednesday. Applications are available online at grammyintheschools.com

 After the applications are scored, finalists are asked to submit additional documentation, such as sample recordings, concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by a screening committee to determine the schools that merit signature school status.

Winners will be announced in March 2009.

Grammy Camp is a two-week residential summer camp for high school students with a focus on the music industry. Hosted in Los Angeles by the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and taught by top music professionals, Grammy Camp provides an immersive experience in various music industry careers for approximately 65 students each summer. 

The Grammy jazz ensembles select and reward 30 top high school instrumentalists and singers from public and private schools with the opportunity to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Selectees are eligible for scholarships from college partners and have the opportunity to perform in Grammy Week events and record a CD at the legendary Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles. Applications for Grammy jazz ensembles are currently available on-line at stage1.grammyintheschools.com/appl/gje/ The deadline to apply is Wednesday.

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