Best Communities for Music Education

The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates schools and districts for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

As a national recognition program, it gives districts and schools tools to increase visibility and support for their music programs. Designees can receive either a Best Communities Award (BCME), for their district, or a SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA), as an individual school.

Participating in an award presentation is a great way to celebrate your community's commitment to music education and raise awareness about music making offerings for all children. We encourage you to work with district or school communications personnel to coordinate media outreach about this award. NAMM Foundation staff can also assist.  

To see if your community is among the 2021 BCME and SMMA winners and view the complete list of districts and schools, visit

Download the toolkit for helpful advice for creating a successful BCME celebratory event in your community.

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