Award Categories

Community Involvement

Recognizing non-fundraising-based community involvement.
Music programs are an integral part of their school and local communities. Visibility and engagement within a community are mutually beneficial, developing and strengthening critical relationships while showcasing student achievement. Community involvement leads to an increased understanding of the benefits of music education and encourages support for continued growth and excellence.

Decision-Maker Engagement

Recognizing productive engagement and collaboration with decision-makers.
Understanding how decisions impacting music programs are made and engaging with those involved is essential. Whether in a school building, the local community, or beyond, engagement with school and community leaders, influential stakeholders, and elected officials builds understanding and support for the needs of music programs.

Innovative Fundraising

Recognizing innovative and successful fundraising initiatives.
Fundraising is vital for music programs to provide an outstanding music education and enable the participation of all students. Strategic fundraising initiatives, including individual donations and business sponsorships, provide needed resources beyond what schools and districts fund. Through fundraising, stakeholders recognize the financial needs of music programs and have immediate and meaningful opportunities to lend support.

Pandemic Perseverance

Recognizing music programs providing a safe and outstanding music education during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted music programs, challenging teachers to engage students in new and unique ways. Music programs throughout the country have relentlessly advocated for the need to keep music education alive while demonstrating how to do so safely. The exemplary commitment to students while continually adapting to a changing situation is a remarkable display of dedication and perseverance.

Parent/Booster Support

Recognizing exceptional volunteer efforts from parents/boosters.
Efficient, organized support from parents/boosters is crucial to the success of music programs and their students. Parents/boosters fill an essential role in day-to-day operations, supporting priorities identified by teachers and helping students. Cultivating a vast parent/booster network demonstrates a commitment to furthering the capabilities of the entire music program.

Student Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement

Recognizing exceptional strategies for student recruitment, retention, and engagement.
Regardless of the age students join a music program at school, recruitment initiatives ensure all students have the opportunity to participate. Many students consider the time spent in music class as the best part of their school day. Retention and engagement efforts aim to support and encourage students while instilling a lifelong appreciation of music.
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