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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Thank you to all the schools and school districts that participated. The opportunity to apply has closed.  We will announce the results in the spring.

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

The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) national recognition program is in its 20th year of honoring the efforts of music education champions who share in the common goal to ensure access to music for all students as part of their curriculum. 

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

Required Information For Survey

The following information is required. Please confirm you have access to the following data.

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

We encourage you to review the survey PDF and collect the necessary data before submitting your online application.



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.


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