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Ford Company Fund Sponsors Grammy in the Schools Concert

By: Edna Sims | January 17, 2013

Ford Company Fund Sponsors Grammy in the Schools Concert

Ford Motor Company Fund, a committed and long time supporter of innovative educational programs across the country, will once again award grants to the GRAMMY Foundation®. This year's grants will support the expansion of the GRAMMY In The Schools® program into target cities of Spokane, Wash., Tucson, Ariz. and Los Angeles.

Sponsorship from Ford Motor Company will include the 4th Annual GRAMMY In The Schools® Live! - A Celebration Of Music & Education; a concert featuring 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® and 17-time LATIN GRAMMY® Award winning artist Juanes. Taking place Feb. 6, 2013 at the University of Southern California's Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA.

Support from Ford Motor Company will benefit three GRAMMY in the Schools® programs; GRAMMY Signature Schools®, a program that helps financially-challenged schools offer music programs for its students; GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training, a program that provides high school students with insight into careers within the music industry; and GRAMMY In The Schools® Live - A Celebration of Music and Education during GRAMMY week.

In its continued support of GRAMMY Foundation programs, Ford Motor Company Fund is awarding $5,500 to schools in Spokane, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Los Angeles, that win needs-based "Enterprise" awards under the GRAMMY Signature Schools' program. Since launching the partnership, in 2008, Ford and the GRAMMY Foundation have awarded Enterprise awards to 15 schools throughout the country in addition to Ford's support of the national GRAMMY In The Schools program.

"Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to partner with the Grammy Foundation to continue our decades-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 Signature Schools program is making a real difference in the lives of young people in public high school music programs across the country," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "With the generous support of our partners, we've been able to grow this program's reach, and further the GRAMMY Foundation's commitment to fostering excellence in music education. That's why we are proud to work with an organization that is committed to music like the Ford Fund."

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 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 20 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 For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter at


For additional information, media RSVP or interviews with Ford Motor Company executives, contact:

Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations 310.827.9727

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