GRAMMY Signature Schools

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.

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.

See a complete list of all past GRAMMY Signature Schools here.

And the application is so simple it’s ridiculous.

No – wait. Here’s something really ridiculous: NOT filling out the app, and NOT getting really easy money, and NOT getting a GRAMMY for your school.

Don’t be ridiculous. Submit your school for consideration to be a 2016 GRAMMY Signature School! Deadline to apply is October 22. Apply here.


Congratulations to the 2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools Award Winners!

2015 National GRAMMY Signature School ($5,000)

Highest ranking of all Signature Schools applicants

McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy — Austin, TX.


2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($3,500 each)

Designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs with quality string, wind/percussion, and choral performance ensembles and high quality instruction in multiple musical genres

Northwood High School — Irvine, CA

Pioneer High School — Ann Arbor, MI


2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500)

Designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs with excellent performance ensembles and high quality instruction in multiple areas of music

Allen High School — Allen, TX

Tesoro High School — Las Flores, CA


2015 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)

Provides special awards and cash grants to public high school music programs across the country based primarily on financial need and a compelling plan to address that need

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


"Your GRAMMY Signature Schools program is much needed for the betterment of school music programs across the country as well as for the very survival of other music programs. Cuts are being considered in our state and school district, and with this award, the move to make cuts in the music program will be very difficult. As you can imagine, our parents and community are very excited more now than ever, and they have more substance with which to fight any pending cuts. This is all because of you and the GRAMMY Signature Schools program."
— 2006 National GRAMMY Signature School Ann Arbor, Mich.

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