With the goal of boosting the number of youth creating, playing and performing music in U.S. public schools, the Grammy Music Education Coalition (GMEC) announces its launch today (Nov. 7). The nonprofit collective is comprised of more than 30 of the nation’s most forward-thinking music education organizations, including the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants), VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
In announcing GMEC and what he calls the “first-of-its-kind” approach, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow tells Billboard that the concept was sparked by a what-if. “The big dream was what if every young person had the opportunity to be involved with music through the public school system,” he explains. “And what if we were able to pool our energy, efforts and resources with others in the music industry who are also doing fine work in music education to attack this big …
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