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MS K-12 educators can now apply for the inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award presented by GRAMMY Museum ® Mississippi

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GRAMMY Museum ® Mississippi and the Lucy Janoush Family are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award, which stands for Lifting Up Children and Youth. Named after devoted Mississippian and community advocate, Lucy Janoush, who was instrumental in securing funding for the development of the Mississippi Museum, the L.U.C.Y. Award celebrates K-12 educators from the state of Mississippi who embody the educational mission of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

“Lucy would be pleased to know that we are carrying on her legacy at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi to support education,” said Becky Nowell, President of the Board of Directors for GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

“Education was very important to Lucy and is the reason that she dedicated herself to making the Museum become a reality in Cleveland. Exposure to music can inspire children to learn and spark their creativity and imagination. The L.U.C.Y. Award is a great way to reward teachers in our state for the important role they play in the lives of children and in our future.”

“Making Cleveland the home of the first GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles was a dream for Lucy, and it was her passion and dedication that made it a reality,” said Paul Janoush, husband to the late Lucy Janoush. “Our family is honored to partner with the GRAMMY Museum to keep Lucy’s legacy alive by rewarding those educators who continue to make a difference in the lives of Mississippi’s youth.”

Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, said, “None of us at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi would be here today if it wasn’t for Lucy. Lucy was the true creative force in bringing this Museum to life, and it’s our honor to be able to commemorate her and her legacy every year by acknowledging a member of our educator community with the L.U.C.Y. Award.”

The inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award recipient will be honored during a special event at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in March 2020. The award is open to academic and music K-12 educators who reside and teach in the state of Mississippi. Applicants are eligible for prizes and unique professional opportunities. In addition to the annual award, the L.U.C.Y. program will offer an online library of music-integrated lessons for use in the classroom.

To apply, educators must complete the online application by submitting an original unit of lessons covering a minimum of four weeks, and a video of themselves teaching one of the lessons within the unit submitted by the deadline of Jan. 1, 2020. Academic educators must incorporate music as a tool for teaching course content.

Music educators must incorporate at least one other academic content area as a tool for course content. One winner will be selected from three finalists each year to be recognized for their incredible impact on their student’s lives. The first award will be presented during a special GRAMMY Museum Mississippi event in March 2020. The winner will receive two tickets and accommodations to the annual GRAMMY Museum Gala held in fall 2020. Additionally, the winner will receive a $2,000 honorarium and $1,000 grant awarded to their school to support music education. The two semifinalists will receive a $500 grant awarded to their school to support music education.

Lucy Janoush was a devoted community advocate who led and engaged with many charitable organizations in the Mississippi Delta and throughout the state. Her dedication to supporting education was evident through her work in area schools, booster clubs, and youth organizations. Janoush exhibited a deep passion for music education and led the charge in securing funding for the construction and opening of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. She served as President of the Board of Directors from the Museum’s inception in 2011, until her death in 2017. In her memory, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Janoush family are proud to honor K-12 educators who foster a creative learning environment and enhance the educational experience through the use of music.

The application process is open now and the deadline to apply is Jan. 1, 2020. To view guidelines and/or to apply for the 2019-2020 L.U.C.Y. Award, visit

For more information on newly announced and upcoming music education programs at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit


Developed by the Cleveland Music Foundation—a nonprofit organization founded in 2011—the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Affiliated with the Recording Academy™, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers, and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.

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