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 District or School With National Recognation

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 their efforts to ensure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

Survey Participation

The opportunity to apply for consideration will open October 24 through January 31, 2024.   Please mark your calendar and sign up to receive our newsletter to stay up to date on deadlines and announcements.

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 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

In 2023 The NAMM Foundation Celebrates the Best in Music Education with Honors for 830 School Districts and 78 Schools

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation is pleased to celebrate this year’s list of Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). Now in its 24th year, the 2023 Best Communities for Music Education program recognizes 830 school districts and 78 schools across 43 states for the outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders and their support for music education as part of a well-rounded education for all children.

2023 School Districts

2023 Schools





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