Maxwell named quarterfinalist for GRAMMY Foundation educator award

For the third consecutive year, Arcadia High School educator Richard Maxwell has been nominated for a GRAMMY Foundation award. (Submitted photo)

For the third consecutive year, Arcadia High School educator Richard Maxwell has been nominated for a GRAMMY Foundation award. (Submitted photo)

Richard Maxwell, the creator of the groundbreaking Contemporary Music and Sound program at Arcadia High School, has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

This is the third year in a row that Maxwell has been nominated, according to a press release. In 2015, Maxwell was named one of 10 finalists for the award. He and the other finalists received a $1,000 honorarium and Arcadia received a matching grant.

The CMAS program is unique to Arcadia and Scottsdale Unified School District, and as part of the Career and Technical Education Department, functions largely as a full scale record label, run entirely by the students, the release states.

“It’s a real honor to have been selected as a quarterfinalist, but it just blew me away that the students wanted to put together all of my submission materials. I am beyond humbled by all of it,” said Mr. Maxwell in a prepared statement.

“I’m proud of my musical diversity and adaptability, music degrees, work as a conductor, and creating CMAS; but as a singer-songwriter and self-taught producer facilitating CMAS, I am most proud of my students.”

Semifinalists will be announced in September. According to the GRAMMY website, this year, more than 3,300 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 290 quarterfinalists come from 264 cities across 41 states.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — 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.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

This award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week 2017.

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