Santa Monica High School is one of 14 schools nationwide to be named a GRAMMY Signature School this year by the GRAMMY Foundation.

Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making a commitment to music education during an academic school year.

“For the past ten years, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program has recognized and rewarded excellence in music education at U.S. public high schools,” said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive officer of the Recording Academy

and president of the GRAMMY Foundation. “These schools maintain high quality music programs that foster and demonstrate the significant role music can play in the lives of their students. Many do so with serious economic challenges, so it is especially gratifying that we are able to award three Enterprise Awards this year.”

Each of the 14 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. As a 2008 GRAMMY Signature School, Santa Monica High School earned a $1,000 grant to benefit its music program.

The recipients are determined by a panel of top music educators and professionals, according to the GRAMMY Foundation.

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 screening committee to determine the schools that merit Signature School status.

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.

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