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THE GRAMMY® FOUNDATION NAMES WOOSTER HIGH SCHOOL AS A GRAMMY SIGNATURE SCHOOL

National Program, Presented by 7UP, to Award School $1,000 Grant in Recognition of its Outstanding Commitment to Music EducationWOOSTER, Ohio (April 14, 2003) — The GRAMMY® Foundation has announced that Wooster High School has been named as a GRAMMY Signature School. Determined on the basis of a scoring system applied and critiqued by a panel of top music educators and professionals, Wooster High School is one of 50 public high schools from across the country to receive a certificate of recognition based on its high level of commitment to music education and a $1,000 grant to benefit its music program. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is presented by 7 UP.

“ Our GRAMMY Signature Schools have done an outstanding job of maintaining and developing their arts and music programs, despite a challenging economic climate,” said Neil Portnow, President of The GRAMMY® Foundation and the Recording Academy®. We applaud them for their commitment to music education, which makes a positive difference in the lives of young people while ensuring these vital programs do not become cultural casualties in their districts.”

“ As a sponsor of the GRAMMY Awards and The GRAMMY® Foundation’s Signature Schools program, 7 UP is proud to honor these outstanding high schools that have exhibited a true commitment to music education,” said Mike McGrath, President of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. “Music is an integral part of our culture, and we fully support the Recording Academy’s mission to provide music and arts education to all young people.”

Responding to the notification that Wooster High School is one of only 50 schools to receive this prestigious honor, Dan Adams stated, “Wooster’s music program has a long tradition of excellence. Our community has continued to express its support for the arts in education, and students are encouraged to become a part of our arts oriented community both during school and after graduation. This award is truly a testament to the talents of our students as well as their commitment — a commitment shared and fostered by their parents and teachers.”

All 50 GRAMMY Signature Schools qualify as finalists to be named a GRAMMY Signature Schools “Gold” recipient. The seven Gold recipients receive a specially framed award, a visit from a GRAMMY Foundation representative, and a $5,000 grant toward their schools’ music department budget. One of the seven Gold designees is named the “National” GRAMMY Signature School and receives a $7,000 grant. Additionally, two schools were selected as “Special Merit” Award recipients for their outstanding commitment to music education despite unique challenges, and each receives a $1,000 for its music program. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold selection committee selects the National and six Gold recipients.

Participating on the GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold selection are members of the Leonard Bernstein Center, USC Thornton School of Music, California Department of Education, UCLA School of Music, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and Florida Department of Education.
To begin the selection process, last September The GRAMMY® Foundation mailed applications to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban and rural, performing arts magnets and those with limited music budgets, requesting information about each school’s music program. These applications then were submitted to an independent data compilation firm for processing. Upon request, 100 finalists were asked to submit additional documentation such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs, and repertoire that was then reviewed by an independent screening committee to determine the school’s meriting Signature School status. For a complete list of 2003 GRAMMY Signature Schools, please visit: www.grammy.com/foundation/signature_schools.html.

The GRAMMY Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Recording Academy, is dedicated to engaging students of all ages through music and arts-based education programs. With initiatives that include mentoring, archiving and preservation, and the Leonard Bernstein Center’s Artful Learning® model, the Foundation strives to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the arts across the country. For more information about the Foundation and its programs, please visit www.grammy.com.