What is the difference between the Best Communities for Music Education and the SupportMusic Merit award?
The BCME award is for a district to be acknowledged that serves students across grade levels and multiple schools.
The SupportMusic Merit (SMMA) award is for an individual school to be acknowledged. It is a “school-only” distinction and can be a charter, private and parochial school seeking the designation.
Can I win both the BCME and the SMMA designation?
No, there is no advantage to completing both the BCME and SMMA survey. You must apply on behalf of your school or district. If your school is part of a district, we suggest you work with the district to be considered for a BCME award. If you represent an individual school, please complete the SMMA application.
Will multiple applications for my district or school be considered?
No. Only the first application per district or school will be considered so please coordinate with the other administrators. We strongly encourage you to work together to complete this survey.
What are the criteria for selection?
The survey gauges funding, participation, opportunity, standards, community, facilities and other factors that affect access to comprehensive music education.
How long does it take to complete the survey?
Due to detailed questions, participants should allow approximately 30-45 minutes.
Who should complete the survey?
A qualified district representative should complete the survey due to the very specific information requested. A district administrator should gather and complete the survey on behalf of the district or school or should work in partnership with the music educator or fine arts supervisor.
Spread the news! To help you with your award promotion, we are providing materials that you may use to raise the visibility of your music education program and to celebrate this important designation by The NAMM Foundation. If your district or school has a Public Information Officer/Communications department, please share this kit with the appropriate contact. The information in this promotional toolkit help awarded districts and schools spread the good news about this national recognition and raise the visibility of their music education offerings.
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