High School Finalist in GRAMMY Signature Schools Program

Fox Chapel Area High School has been selected as a GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalist for 2015. Fox Chapel Area is one of 120 high schools nationwide that have been chosen as a semifinalist for the award which is given by the GRAMMY Foundation®. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes the top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Emma Paulini spearheaded the grant application process and did it to honor the work done by all the Fox Chapel Area music teachers – elementary, middle school, and high school.

"The department's quality deserves to be recognized, and I wanted to find another way to support the music department at our school. Our music teachers... have a love of music they instilled in me and that inspired me to give back to the department."

Emma, a member of the high school's women's choir, says that she has "loved" the music experiences she has had at the high school. "My experiences here have given me and many students unique lifetime experiences that I feel lucky to be a part of," she says.

In Mid-March 2015, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000 to benefit their music programs.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program is made possible in part by the generous support of Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, Journeys, and RBC Capital Markets.

"Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides an ideal platform to raise awareness of public high schools across the country that are providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "It is also a much-needed resource for schools that – in the face of serious economic challenges – are still able to provide a rigorous musical curriculum for their students. The GRAMMY Foundation is committed to arts education and believes in the long-lasting interdisciplinary benefits it provides for young people."

The GRAMMY Foundation was established to cultivate the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.

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