The South Orange & Maplewood School District (SOMSD) music program has been recognized by the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade association for its commitment to music education with a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education Award (BCME).
SOMSD was one out of 754 school districts that are among the Best Communities in the nation for music education. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
The SOMSD music program is also currently involved in a study with NAMM (1 of 10 districts chosen nationally) providing them with valuable information about our programs to help them advocate for music education regionally and nationally with policy creating and funding decision-makers.
The NAMM Foundation advances active participation in music across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.
A link for all 2020 honorees can be found here: