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.

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Application Period

October 2, 2018 - January 31, 2019

The Best Communities for Music Education-A National Music Education Recognition Program

The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates schools and districts 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 auditing your music program

What is the difference between the Best Communities for Music Education and 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, 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.

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.

How long does it take to complete the survey?

Due to detailed questions, participants should allow approximately 30-45 minutes.