Monday, January 30, 2012


Ford's Grants Drive Expanded Educational Programs in Anchorage, Portland, and Billings

LOS ANGELES, CA. January 30, 2012 - As part of its long term commitment to supporting innovative educational programs across the country, Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded grants to the GRAMMY Foundation® that will support an expansion of its GRAMMY In The Schools® programs into the target cities of Anchorage, AL, Portland, OR and Billings, MT.

Ford sponsorship includes the Third annual
GRAMMY In The Schools® Live! - A Celebration Of Music & Education.  Members of the GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session, along with student alumni from GRAMMY Camp® and GRAMMY Signature Schools, with a special guest performance by GRAMMY® winning artist Anthony Hamilton and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington on Feb. 8, 2012, at University of Southern California, Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA.

The support from the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company will go toward three GRAMMY in the Schools® programs: GRAMMY Signature Schools, which helps financially challenged schools offer music programs for students; GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training, which helps high school students gain insights into music industry careers; and GRAMMY In The Schools Live, a celebration of music and education during GRAMMY Week.

As part of its support of GRAMMY Foundation programs, Ford Fund is awarding $5,500 to schools in Anchorage, AL, Portland, OR and Billings, MT that win needs-based "Enterprise" awards under GRAMMY's Signature Schools program.

"Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to partner with the GRAMMY Foundation to continue our century-long commitment to education", said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.  "Schools with music programs have higher test scores and graduation rates.  Supporting music programs in schools is just another way Ford seeks to enhance and expand opportunities for young people throughout the U.S."

"Our GRAMMY in the Schools programs are designed to provide young people with access to the power of music," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Whether they are attending our GRAMMY In The Schools Live Concert or GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training to gain insight into industry careers directly from outstanding artists and music industry professionals or they are a student in a high school music program strengthened by a GRAMMY Signature Schools award, our GRAMMY Foundation programs give students significant opportunities to enrich their musical lives. That's why we are proud to work with an organization that is committed to music education like the Ford Fund."

           Under the banner of GRAMMY in the Schools, the GRAMMY Foundation achieves its goals in music education by:         
                    1) Drawing public attention to the critical importance of maintaining music education as a core element of school curricula,
                  2) Bringing students together with working professionals for a “real life” exchange of information, insight and inspiration and
                  3) Recognizing excellence in musical achievement nationwide - both among individual students and school music programs.

For more information on the Ford Motor Company Fund and the GRAMMY Foundation visit and

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit

The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture - from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell's Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY In The Schools programs. For more information, please visit
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