2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists Announced

December 12, 2011 -- 10:45 am PST

The GRAMMY Foundation has announced that 125 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2012.

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. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell's Labels for Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation.

"The GRAMMY Signature Schools program sustains excellence in music education by granting awards to public high school music programs in communities across the country," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Each of these semifinalist schools should be commended for their commitment to keeping the arts in their curriculum for the long-term benefits of their students."

For a complete list of 2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists, click here. Finalists will be announced in mid-March 2012 and the selected schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program. The top schools are designated Gold recipients, and the best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August 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 blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

Applications for the 2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools program are online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline to apply is Oct. 22, 2012.