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2016 Music Education Award Semifinalists
2016 Music Educator Award Winner
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Journeys x Converse Back to School Donation
GRAMMY Signature Schools

Buy A Chuck, Give A Buck

From August 11 - September 7.

For every pair of Converse sneakers sold at participating Journeys locations, Journeys and Converse collectively will donate a dollar to the GRAMMY Foundation up to $200,000 to support music and arts education in schools across the country.

Why? Because Music Matters.


CONGRATULATIONS TO PHILLIP RIGGS of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC. 

Music Teacher Phillip Riggs was flown to Los Angeles to accept the Grammy Foundation's Third Annual Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. One of ten finalists, Riggs was chosen out of an initial pool of 4,500 nominees, submitted online. Riggs will receive a $10,000 honorarium. Each of the nine finalists received a $1,000 cash honorarium. The 10 schools received matching grants. Journeys joins Converse, Disney Performing Arts and Ford Motor Company Fund as the Founding Sponsors of this award.  

Nominations for the 2017 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymuiscteacher.com


2016 GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award Finalists


A total of ten (10) music teachers from across the U.S. have been announced as the finalists for the third annual Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and The GRAMMY Foundation®. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – 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.

In total, more than 4,500 nominations were submitted from all 50 states for this year’s award. One recipient is selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for their impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also receive matching grants. Journeys joins Converse, Disney Performing Arts and Ford Motor Company Fund as the founding sponsors of this award.

A complete list of finalists is below.

  • Bonnie Anderson - Coronado Village Elementary School (Universal City, TX)
  • Krista Fanning - Caddo Middle Magnet (Shreveport, LA)
  • Anne Fennell - Mission Vista High School (Oceanside, CA)
  • Frank Gawle - Wilton High School (Wilton, CT)
  • Keith Hancock - Tesoro High School (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
  • Penelope Quesada - Lincoln Elementary School (Louisville, KY)
  • Phillip Riggs - North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Durham, NC)
  • Bill Swick - Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Brayer Teague - Downers Grove North High School (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Lois Wiggins - Edythe J. Hayes Middle School (Lexington, KY)

2015 Music Educator Award Winner

Jared Cassedy, Winner of the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award
Jared Cassedy with Jim Estepa, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Journeys Group at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception in Los Angeles, C.A., on February 7, 2015.
Jared Cassedy, a music teacher at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire, was honored with the Grammy Foundation's second Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. One of ten finalists, Cassedy was chosen out of an initial pool of 7,000 nominees, generated by online submissions. Cassedy received a $10,000 honorarium. Each of the nine finalists received a $1000 cash honorarium. The 10 schools received matching grants. The Music Educator Award was sponsored by the Grammy Foundation’s Education Champions Journeys, Converse, Box Tops For Education, Ford Motor Company Fund, Microsoft Surface and Universal Music Group.


GRAMMY Camp is a live-in music industry camp where participants with varied interests learn how the music business works. They leave with a greater sense of how they can develop a strategy that will increase their chances at having a successful career in music. 
GRAMMY Camp is available to students enrolled in grades 9-12. They get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. They will meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. 
For more information about GRAMMY Camp, check out the FAQs.
GRAMMY Camp Nashville tuition is $100 (regular price $1,000) for a five-day nonresidential camp for those living in the greater Nashville area. Through the generous support of Journeys and Converse, 90% of the tuition ($900) has been underwritten resulting in the reduce price of $100. In addition, the $25 application fee will be subtracted from the $100 rate of a student is accepted, bringing the total cost to $75.
To apply for GRAMMY Camp, click here.

GRAMMY Camp Nashville 2016
Jim Estepa (President & CEO, Journeys)
Kari Irons (Sr. VP Marketing, Journeys)
Rebecca Bowman (Sr. VP Employee Development & Training, Journeys)
David Sears (Executive Education Director, GRAMMY Foundation)


This Back to School Season Journeys and Converse collectively donated a dollar to the Grammy Foundation, up to $200,000, for every pair of Converse sneakers sold at participating Journeys locations. 
The Grammy Foundation supports music programs in the schools and we want to continue to keep that alive! The Grammy Foundation shows this support through - Grammy Signature Schools, The Music Educator Award and Grammy Camp.


Music is more than just a hobby and passion for some students, it’s a means of expression and a way they identify with and shape their cultural identity. The GRAMMY Museum’s mission is to help students use music as a gateway to learning and as a way to inspire and cultivate creativity and critical thinking. Students will leave inspired to continue learning and will be more aware of how music impacts many aspects of society.
The Grammy Museum is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards.
For more information about the Grammy Museum, visit www.grammymuseum.org


GRAMMY Signature School awards are given to high school music programs that are keeping music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics. Each school gets a GRAMMY Award and a cash prize of up to $10,000. Schools compete in different categories based on excellence or need. 
We have GRAMMY Signature Schools from every size city and town across the country. 
The award is part of the GRAMMY in the Schools program and is supported by Journeys and Converse.
Congratulations to the 2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools Award Winners!
McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy - Austin, TX.
Northwood High School - Irvine, CA
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, MI
Allen High School - Allen, TX
Tesoro High School - Las Flores, CA
Allendale High School - Allendale, MI
Canyon Springs High School - North Las Vegas, NV
Girard Academic Music Program - Philadelphia, PA
Lakewood High School - Sumter, SC
Margarita Muñiz Academy - Jamaica Plain, MA
Osbourn High School - Manassas, VA
Phillip and Sala Burton High School - San Francisco, CA
Pleasure Ridge Park High School - Louisville, KY
Does your school deserve a GRAMMY? And a little bit of cash for your music programs to go along with it? If your school has a totally great music program with a fantastic music teacher or two thrown in -- it does. Or if you are keeping music classes in your school despite that fact that you barely have a budget for sheet music much less instruments – it does. 
Winners will be chosen and announced in March!
L-R: Jim Estepa, President and CEO, Journeys; Laurie Schell, Executive Director, Music Makes Us; Steve Ball, Principal, East Nashville Magnet High School; Frank Zimmerer, music teacher, East Nashville Magnet High School; And Scott Goldman, Vice President, the GRAMMY Foundation® at the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY® Signature Schools Community Award program where they teamed up with Journeys and Converse to provide 16 public high schools across the United States — highlighted by an event at East Nashville Magnet School in Tennessee — with $2,000 cash grants to support their music programs. This initiative is one of the Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools® offerings and is supported in part by Journeys and Converse.?Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy® © 2014 
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