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2018 Music Educator Award Winner Announced

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:13:58 +0000

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Meet 2018 Music Educator Award Winner Melissa Salguero

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:04:32 +0000

The 2018 Music Educator Award Winner has been announced.

Melissa Salguero has been teaching music at P.S.48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary School since 2010. P.S.48, located in the South Bronx, lies is in the poorest congressional district in the United States. Ms. Salguero's classroom is a place where creativity, curiosity, humor, and hard work combine to feed a passion for learning.

When Ms. Salguero started teaching there were no instruments and no funding for the music program at P.S.48. Over the years, she has been awarded many grants and teaching awards that have helped to ensure that none of her students are excluded from participating in the music program due to financial hardships. Last year, Ms. Salguero was a Semifinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award. Other accolades include "Bronx 25 Most Influential Women of 2017" and the "Lincoln Center Arts Teacher of the Year" in 2013. Melissa is also a member of NAfME. In 2014, Ms. Salguero and the school were featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show after the school was broken into.

Her mission is to spark a love of learning in her students, to inspire them to dream big, and to never give up on their goals because nothing is impossible.

CBS visited P.S. 48 to interview Ms. Salguero and several of her students. Watch that feature here.

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A Chat with Carianne Marshall

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:51:51 +0000

One of the most anticipated events of GRAMMY Camp is always the board meeting where campers gather in small groups to have lunch with members of the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Board—industry professionals who are sure to have great expertise and experience working in the music industry.

While I expected this to be an extremely formal lunch - I even wore a dress - it was a walk in the park, literally. After gathering our food, eight other campers and I were directed to sit around a chair with a big number seven on it...in the grass. After a few minutes, we were greeted with a big smile from a woman named Carianne Marshall. As soon as she came over, she looked at the chair that was clearly meant to be her seat, sat her purse in it and said “I’m not sitting in this...that would be so awkward,” and she joined us on the ground.

Surprisingly, Carianne seemed as interested and excited to meet us as we were to meet her. She made a point to know each and every one of our names, as well as our backgrounds and goals for the future. She was sure to let us know that she truly cared and wanted to hear our voices rather than just talk at us about her job.

Now Carianne Marshall isn’t just any woman. She’s an extremely successful music industry executive with decades of experiences leading teams at both large and small music companies. In fact, she was named one of Billboard’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Music. Currently, Carianne oversees the west coast creative licensing staff of SONGS, which is a company in charge of placing music written by their contracted stable of lyricists in visual media such as film, video games and commercials, as well as advocating for some songs to be picked up and recorded by other artists.

Despite her major role in the industry, Carianne just genuinely wanted to hear from us when it came to topics in the music industry such as quality of music, streaming services and the pros and cons of being able to so easily only pick out music we’re interested in. She of course did give her own background and snippets about her work life. One point that she wanted us to understand is that while large music companies and labels certainly have benefits, they are just not capable of some things that smaller companies can do with ease, which was a big reason she decided to go to SONGS.

It didn’t feel like I was talking to an industry executive. When sitting with Carianne, it just felt like a group of music lovers talking about music. And that was the best part.

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The Leader of The Village

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:52:46 +0000

On Thursday, July 20th, members of the Los Angeles Chapter Board of the Recording Academy came to have lunch with GRAMMY Camp LA 2017 at the USC Thornton School of Music. All of the campers were served an abundance of summertime BBQ classics such as pulled pork, potato salad, and lemonade, then sent off into their groups, numbered between one and 10. I was lucky enough to be grouped with the CEO and owner of The Village recording studio, Jeff Greenberg.

Greenberg’s journey into the music industry is an unorthodox tale. Greenberg started out working in his father’s store, folding women’s undergarments. Then, he moved to working at a department store, folding even more women’s undergarments. As fate would have it, the eighteen-year-old Jeff Greenberg was given a proposition by a friend to manage an upcoming rock band. From there, Greenberg managed the band and the band was given a $500,000 deal. The drummer of Greenberg’s band was shot multiple times and not long after the shooting, the band fell apart. While Greenberg was in search of other work, the agent that gave Greenberg’s band the deal was gracious enough to let him work at concerts as an ice bucket boy, filling up buckets of ice and putting sodas in them. Just by working at the concerts, he was able to work his way up the ladder to producing and promoting concerts. Then in 1995, Greenberg started at Village Records. Now, in 2017, he is now the head of one of the most successful studios in the world.

Being able to have lunch with a CEO of a studio, we were able to pick his brain to find out the secrets to making it in the music business. Some of the key advice Greenberg gave us is to show up and work hard. Just showing up to a studio, or concert, or event, opportunities will always arise and to take advantage of opportunities by working hard. Another important factor in being successful in the music industry is to have good energy. If you have good energy, people will be instantly attracted to you and want to get to know you.

Greenberg also gave us insight into how he runs his company. His main goal as the CEO of The Village is to serve the artists. Greenberg preaches about the importance being of accurate and having the highest quality products and artists in his building.

Our lunch concluded with Greenberg welcoming us GRAMMY Campers to visit the iconic Village Recorder studios. Being able to talk and eat with some of the most important people in the Recording Academy was an incredible experience not just for me, but for all the other campers as well. It was fuel to further our careers. 

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197 QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:42:40 +0000

A total of 197 music teachers from 187 cities across 45 states plus Washington, D.C., have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations for the 2019 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

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 Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2018.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The fifth annual honoree will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awardsand a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies. 

The semifinalists will be announced in September. 

View the full list of Quarterfinalists here.

 

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KEITH HANCOCK OF TESORO HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:03:43 +0000

KEITH HANCOCK OF TESORO HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BYTHE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION® Award Recipient and Nine Finalists to Receive Cash Honoraria with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts,Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.,has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com. A complete list of the winner and finalists is below. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, 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 schools. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. Hancock, the 2017 honoree, will be recognized during GRAMMY Week. He will also attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ceremony and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events. In addition, he will receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Additionally, the previously named 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants for the first time in the award's history.The grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys.In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.Hancock has taught choral music for 15 years at Tesoro High School, where he directs more than 250 students in five curricular and four extra-curricular ensembles, and oversees the music production/audio engineering program. Last year, Hancock was selected as a Music Educator Award finalist and he was recently awarded as the Secondary Vocal Music Teacher of the Year for Orange County, California. The Tesoro High School music program was chosen as one of 13 GRAMMY Signature Schools nationwide for 2015. Under his direction, the Tesoro High School Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform at the ACDA Western Division Conference in 2012 and 2016, representing one of four high schools in the Western United States. The Tesoro choirs have performed to rave reviews in Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Ireland, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition, ensembles under his direction have won two Golden State Choral Competitions and three Barbershop Harmony Society high school quartet championships. A former faculty member at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University,Hancock has earned three degrees (summa cum laude). As a performer, he has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and with the Cypress Pops Orchestra, i[...]



Angelica Pollard

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:12:59 +0000

Angelica started at attending school at Belmont University and is now at the Los Angeles Film School studying music production.The lessons learned at GRAMMY Camp are ones that I have been and will continue using everyday. GRAMMY Camp provides students with exposure to the music industry that cannot be replicated, and teaches the most important values to obtain while working in the music industry. Since attending GRAMMY Camp, I have been able to utilize the knowledge gained from camp to propel my career in the music industry, and have also maintained some of the greatest friendships of which were established at camp. At GRAMMY Camp, my understanding of the music industry expanded as I was introduced to various career paths such as recording, video production, electronic music production, etc. This understanding led me to discover my love for music production, which I am currently studying at Belmont University. The connections made at camp brought me to where I am now, as I found out about Belmont’s prestigious Music Business degree through the talented musicians I befriended at camp.I left GRAMMY Camp more motivated and driven to be a part of the music industry, and since then my mindset has been focused on making more connections, absorbing more information about the business, and obtaining as many experiences as possible in order to improve my skills and accomplish my goals of being a successful contributor to this industry.   Hometown: San Ramon, CA Birthday: 04/26/1997 Image:  Music Genres: R&B, Alternative Rock, Gospel Interests: Producing films, songwriting, playing worship at church, spending time with my family, watching Netflix Programs Attended: GRAMMY CampTwitter: https://twitter.com/jellypollardFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelica.pollardMy Inspiration: John Mayer, Paramore, JesusCulture, Travis Garland, Amy Winehouse My Playlist: "Bounce" - Logic"Motel Pool" - Travis Garland"It's About Time" - Young the Giant"Up 2 You" - Walk the Moon"You Had Me At Hello" - A Day To Remember"Set Me Ablaze" - JesusCulture  [...]



142 High School Students Heading To GRAMMY Camp This Summer

Fri, 13 May 2016 16:29:43 +0000

The GRAMMY Foundation has selected 142 talented high school students from 117 U.S. cities and 30 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the 12th annual GRAMMY Camp program. The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Nashville, Tenn., from May 31–June 4 at Belmont University; Los Angeles from June 18–27 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and in New York from July 31–Aug. 8 at Converse Rubber Tracks (in Brooklyn). This GRAMMY in the Schools program is supported by Converse and Journeys. Additional program support is provided by Mrs. Mike Silverman, Hot Topic Foundation, RBC Foundation USA, and other individual donors. "From the beginning, GRAMMY Camp was designed to give high school students an extraordinary experience and hands-on lessons about making a career in the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Whether residential or day sessions, GRAMMY Camp fosters genuine learning and skill-building, and perhaps more importantly, a spirit of collaboration among the teenage participants that will benefit them in whatever professional paths they follow." Financial aid is available and approximately 90 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance. GRAMMY Camp Nashville: May 31–June 4 The program offers selected high school students an interactive five-day nonresidential summer music experience. This unique opportunity focuses on all aspects of commercial music and provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The camp features four music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Songwriting; Vocal Performance; and a Performance Instrumental track for bass, drums, guitar, and keyboards.  All students will have the opportunity to showcase what they learn during camp at an open house, which will be held during the last day of camp. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Students Selected For 12th Annual GRAMMY Camp2016 GRAMMY Camp Nashville Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)Mikayla AhernCrest Hill, Ill.Vocal PerformanceChris AttigliatoThomspon's Station, Tenn.Audio EngineeringMadeline BalesLebanon, Tenn.SongwritingAva BoneyFranklin, Tenn.Audio EngineeringCarmen BrandyFranklin, Tenn.SongwritingMadison BurnetteMt. Juliet, Tenn.Vocal PerformanceKelle CatesEast Prairie, Mo.Vocal PerformanceAndrew CavenderThomasville, Ga.Vocal PerformanceJacob CopelandChauncey, W. Va.Instrument – GuitarWilliam Kelsey CrewsBrentwood, Tenn.Instrument – GuitarLydia CriderNashville, Tenn.SongwritingThea DanosOld Hickory, Tenn.Vocal PerformanceGina DeFilippoWadsworth, OhioSongwritingMelanie EllingsonLorain, OhioInstrument – GuitarJamel FarrakhanNashville, Tenn.Audio EngineeringJack FilipovicBrentwood, Tenn.Instrument – BassCaroline FingerBrentwood, Tenn.SongwritingHaley FishbergerMiami Beach, Fla.SongwritingTerence FullerVauxhall, N.J.Instrument – DrumsEle GillilandSpring Hill, Tenn.SongwritingTalia GirvinWesley Chapel, Fla.Vocal PerformanceMary Marguerite HallFranklin, Tenn.Vocal PerformanceEric LathamBirmingham, Ala.Audio EngineeringPalmer LessenberryGlasgow, Ky.Instrument – KeysDajoun MasonAntioch, Tenn.Audio EngineeringJack MaxwellNashville, Tenn.Instrument – BassKristen McCampbellBurns, Tenn.Audio EngineeringMichael McClellanFranklin, Tenn.Instrument – GuitarAnna McLaughlinMedia, Pa.Instrument – GuitarMatt MitchellHendersonville, Tenn.Instrument – KeysGregory Nichols Jr.Nashville, Tenn.Audio EngineeringAnna PearsonWhites Creek, Tenn.SongwritingAlexis PetoHendersonville, Tenn.SongwritingGriffin PhotoglouNashville, Tenn.Instrument – DrumsLucki PriceNashville, Tenn.Audio EngineeringLogan[...]



290 Quarterfinalists Selected For 2017 Music Educator Award

Wed, 11 May 2016 00:48:15 +0000

A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. 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, the recipient will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The fourth annual honoree will be flown to the host city of the GRAMMY Awards to be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2017. The recipient will also attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school 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, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and the National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies. A full list of quarterfinalists is below. The semifinalists will be announced in September.   NameSchool NameCityStateDiane AbrahamianPenfield High SchoolPenfieldN.Y.Darryl AbrahamsonLongmont High SchoolLongmontColo.Greg AdamsonLadera Vista Junior High School of the ArtsFullertonCalif.Victoria AlaimoValley Stream Memorial Junior High SchoolValley StreamN.Y.Ruben AlcalaMayde Creek High SchoolHoustonTexasMichael AlexanderCollinsville Middle SchoolCollinsvilleIll.Anthony AllmondKaiser High SchoolFontanaCalif.Corey AmesLoyola AcademyWilmetteIll.Christopher AndersonDon Riggio SchoolStocktonCalif.Jared BaderEagle College Prepatory SchoolsPhoenixAriz.Stewart BaileyCarl Sandburg High SchoolOrland ParkIll.Natalie BakerMissoula International SchoolMissoulaMont.Laurence BallereauSyosset High SchoolSyossetN.Y.Jacob BandaPalmview High SchoolMissionTexasTony BarkleySands MontessoriCincinnatiOhioEugene BarrettSmith Middle SchoolFort HoodTexasJacob BartlettPeru State CollegePeruNeb.Kristina BeachellSedona Charter SchoolSedonaAriz.Kenneth BedwellSt. James High SchoolMurrells InletS.C.Jeff BehrensRichland Center High SchoolRichland CenterWis.Ken BermanBentley SchoolLafayetteCalif.Hristo BirbochukovNew Orleans Center for Creative Arts New OrleansLa.Patrick BlackburnSherwood Githens Middle SchoolDurhamN.C.John BlickwedehlWest Seneca West Senior High SchoolWest SenecaN.Y.Stephen BloomLynnfield Middle SchoolLynnfieldMass.Michael BlosteinAverill Park High SchoolAverill ParkN.Y.Mike BogleCedar Valley CollegeLancasterTexasJoe BongioviPrinceton High SchoolPrincetonN.J.Jenny BonnerWaverly High SchoolLansingMich.Dr. Oliver BooneStrayer UniversityColumbusGa.Faye BoyerLake Joy Primary SchoolWarner RobinsGa.Erica BreitbarthReagan IB High SchoolMilwaukeeWis.Charles BriemHarrison High SchoolHarrisonN.Y.Christophe[...]



2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Selected

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:23:33 +0000

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 13 U.S. schools have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2016 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $61,000. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.Each of the 13 GRAMMY Signature Schools 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 and will receive $5,000. The two remaining Gold schools will each receive $3,500. Two additional GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will each receive a grant of $2,500 to benefit their music programs. Eight schools will receive the Enterprise Award grant, which recognizes the efforts made by schools that are economically underserved. Each of the Enterprise Award schools will receive a grant in the amount of $5,500. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is made possible in part through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund.The GRAMMY Foundation also presents the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, an extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program in partnership with Brookfield Properties, Converse, Journeys, RBC Capital Markets, Hot Topic Foundation, and the Les Paul Foundation. Through this alliance, the GRAMMY Foundation identifies financially challenged public high school music programs to receive this award and a $2,000 grant. During the current fiscal year, approximately 150 schools to date have received the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, with grants totaling $300,000."We created the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature Schools initiative to highlight the excellent work being done through music programs at public high schools across the country, and since 1999, we have provided more than $1.3 million to close to 300 schools," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "We are proud to offer these financial resources to augment what are often limited budgets, so that teachers may continue to provide the enriching and lasting benefits of a musical education to their students.""The Ford Motor Company Fund has been a longtime advocate for music programs in schools and our partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation has thrived because it matches financial support with excellence in music education," said Pamela Alexander, director of community development for Ford Motor Company Fund.2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools: 2016 National GRAMMY Signature School ($5,000)Woodbridge High School – Irvine, Calif.2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($3,500 each)Douglas Anderson School of the Arts – Jacksonville, Fla.Metea Valley High School – Aurora, Ill.2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500 each)Allen High School – Allen, TexasOrange County School of the Arts – Santa Ana, Calif.2016 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)Belgrade High School – Belgrade, Mont.Boston Arts Academy  – BostonCharyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy – Brighton, Mich.Florin High School – Sacramento, Calif.Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – Nashville, Tenn.Phil Campbell High School – Phil Campbell, Ala.Portland High School – Portland, MaineSpring High School – ­­Spring, TexasPrograms Attended: GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award[...]