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The Grammy Foundation Announces 2010 Signature Schools

The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.com) today announced that 12 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools (www.grammyintheschools.com) for 2010. 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. GRAMMY Signature Schools is presented by the Gibson Foundation with support from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

"Our commitment to fostering and rewarding excellence in music education at public high schools around the country has never been more important," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "In fact it's a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation's mission. Throughout the academic year, these schools and their teachers work to share the positive power of music with their students, and the resources we provide through our GRAMMY Signature Schools program strengthen their efforts. Many of these schools face serious financial burdens, so we are very pleased to announce six Enterprise Awards again this year. We truly appreciate the continued support of the Gibson Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund to help make this program a success."

Each of the 12 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top three are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $5,000, and the two remaining Gold schools each will also receive $5,000. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, six schools will receive a grant of $5,000 each. The remaining three GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients will receive a grant award of $1,000 to benefit their music programs. The recipients are determined by the Blue Ribbon Committee, a panel of top music educators and professionals.

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Fla., is the 2010 National GRAMMY Signature School. Schools awarded Gold status are Las Vegas International Academy of Performing and Visual Arts in Las Vegas and Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipients are Centennial High School, Roswell, Ga.; Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles; Newark High School, Newark, Del.; Roosevelt High School, Seattle; Taft High School, Woodland Hills, Calif.; and Thomas Jefferson High School Fine Arts Magnet Academy, San Antonio. The GRAMMY Signature Schools are Cinco Ranch High School, Katy, Texas; Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas; and North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, Pa.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in September when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification 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 at www.grammyintheschools.com. 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, which is then reviewed by an independent screening committee to determine the schools that merit Signature School status.


The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture - from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. 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. Campbell's Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY In The Schools programs. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.

Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., the world's premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology. The mission of Gibson Foundation is to make the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other nonprofit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. For more information please visit www.gibsonfoundation.org.

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism and cultural diversity for those who live in the communities where Ford operates. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009 and made possible by funding from Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster innovative education, auto-related safety, and American heritage and legacy. National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous 21st century learning experiences, and Driving Skills for Life, a teen-focused auto safety initiative. The Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, continues Ford's legacy of caring worldwide. Through the Volunteer Corps, Ford employees and retirees participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in their communities. For more information on programs made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, visit www.community.ford.com.

The Complete List of 2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools:

2010 National GRAMMY Signature School ($5,000)

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts - Jacksonville, Fla.

2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,000 each)

Las Vegas International Academy of Performing and Visual Arts - Las Vegas
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Mich.

2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,000 each)

Centennial High School - Roswell, Ga.
Manual Arts High School - Los Angeles
Newark High School - Newark, Del.
Roosevelt High School - Seattle
Taft High School - Woodland Hills, Calif.
Thomas Jefferson High School Fine Arts Magnet Academy - San Antonio

2010 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($1,000 each)

Cinco Ranch High School - Katy, Texas
Flower Mound High School - Flower Mound, Texas
North Allegheny Senior High School - Wexford, Pa.


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