Media Advisory - The Grammy Foundation® Names Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Grammy® National Signature School as the Top Music Program in the Nation
The Jacksonville community and its leaders are invited to a special Grammy Awards Concert, featuring performances in piano, guitar, vocal, wind symphony, jazz band and chamber orchestra at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
A reception recognizing the achievement of the entire music department will follow at the home of community arts supporter Betsy Lovett. Come and celebrate with us as we honor these outstanding students and faculty on an outstanding achievement.
Neil Crilly, Senior Executive Director of the Florida chapter of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the organization responsible for awarding the Grammys), will present the $15,000 award during the special Grammy Awards Concert that night at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
Just as the GRAMMY Award recognizes excellence in recording, The GRAMMY Foundation Signature Schools program recognizes the top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs. Determined on the basis of a blind scoring system and judged by top music educators and professionals, leading schools are awarded grants for their music departments
Monday, May 7, 2012, 7 to 8 p.m.
Pictures and interviews: 5:30 p.m
Instrumental and Vocal Concert: 7 p.m.
Actual Award Presentation onstage: 7:05 p.m.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
NOTES: This year and in 2010, DA was named THE National Grammy Signature School as the best high school music program in the country. (Note: After a high school is honored as the National Grammy Signature School, it cannot be a candidate the following year.) Since 1999, Douglas Anderson has been named one of the GRAMMY Signature Schools (though not the National Signature School) a total of ten times.
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 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences aka 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. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.
Duval County Public Schools operates 190 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy and culturally diverse world.
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