Best Communities for Music Education

The Best Communities for Music Education survey acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education.

Best Communities for Music Education Survey program

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The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

Why Participate

  • National recognition
  • Community recognition and community pride
  • Increased visibility of music education in your district, school, and community
  • Program validation of your school or district's support for music education
  • Program auditing tool for evaluating your music program
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  • School districts in the U.S. with a K-12 music education program
  • Individual schools, public, private, charter, parochial, in the U.S. with a music education program
  • One application per school or district
  • All surveys must be submitted by the January 31, 2022 deadline


All the following information is required to fill out the survey. Please confirm that you have access to the required data.

  • Student demographics
  • Teacher/student ratio
  • Music education participation rates
  • Music education and/or fine arts requirements for graduation or as required by the curriculum
  • knowledge of music education electives
  • Teacher qualifications
  • Standards for assessing music education 
  • Music facilities
  • Budget

Once you have gathered all the necessary information, the survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Survey Samples

We encourage you to print a copy of the survey PDF and gather all the data before you begin the online survey.



Winners will be notified by email in early April 2022


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Congratulations to The 2021 Winners!

Congratulations to the 686 school districts that received the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award and the 80 individual schools that received a SupportMusic Merit (SMMA) Award as part of the BCME program.  The NAMM Foundation celebrates and recognizes the innovative and resourceful music education programs in the United States and the communities that support them. And thank you to all the districts and schools that participated. Read the entire release.