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

Celebrate Your Music Program with National Recognition

Thank you for your interest in participating in The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey program.  The BCME Award program 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.  

To be considered for the 2023 award, you must submit your application via the online application by Jan. 31, 2023.  The process will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

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


  • School districts in the U.S. with a K-12 music education program
  • Individual schools, public, private, charter, and parochial, in the U.S. with a music education program
  • One application per school or district
  • All surveys must be submitted by the Jan. 31 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

What is the difference between the Best Communities for Music Education and SupportMusic Merit award?

The Best Communities for Music Education award. This Award is for school districts.
The SupportMusic Merit award.  This award is for an individual school (charter, parochial, private) that serves students at various grade levels   

Important Note: Only one application can be submitted per district or school We strongly encourage you to designate one person, or one team leader to complete the survey.   

What's New for The 2023 Survey

New to this year's survey, is a special supplemental "more to start" survey to assess post-COVID access points for new music students. This is especially important as communities across the nation address these challenges and opportunities.

  • If you received a 2022 award, and if there have been NO significant changes to teacher staffing, student enrollment, or scheduling you may choose to use the data you submitted in 2022 to be considered for the 2023 award.
  • If you choose to use the 2022 data, please note you must still complete the Supplemental Survey.
  • If you are a first-time applicant or have experienced significant changes in your school or district, please complete the Comprehensive Survey.  Please note the Comprehensive Survey includes the Supplemental Survey referenced above.


Winners will be notified by email in early April 2023


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