A local music professor is a quarterfinalist for a national award.
Toccoa Falls College Assistant Professor of Music Education William David Stufft has been named as a quarterfinalist for the first ever GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award.
The GRAMMY Foundation and the Recording Academy said they created the Music Educator Award to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
The award was open to current U.S. music teachers.
Stufft is one of 217 quarterfinalists from around the country. More than 30,000 individuals were nominated.
Semi-finalists will be announced in August and then 10 finalists will be named, out of which one person will receive the award during GRAMMY Week 2014.
According to the GRAMMY Foundation, the winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The GRAMMY Foundation also says that each of the other nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
Created in 1989, the GRAMMY Foundation was established to cultivate the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.