HARMAN International Industries Inc. has joined the Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Founders Circle as a member in perpetuity. HARMAN, the audio technology company that’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, will fund and resource recording studios in New York, Nashville and Philadelphia public schools and also create dedicated programming to encourage more female students to pursue studies and careers in music.
Launched last year, the non-profit Grammy Music Education Coalition (GMEC) is a collective of more than 30 music education organizations dedicated to expanding music education in elementary and secondary public schools. The coalition is currently focusing on three inaugural cities—New York, Philadelphia and Nashville—before adding other urban, suburban and rural communities. GMEC’s goal is to foster universal music education participation for the 3.8 million pre-K to grade 12 students in the U.S. today that don’t have such access.
Toward that end, GMEC executive director Lee Whitmore, Ed.D, tells Billboard that HARMAN “will provide valuable resource and relationships, in addition to financial support. With a track record of supporting artists on all stages, from aspiring musicians to global headliners, HARMAN knows just how critical arts education is for the next generation. We are grateful for their dedication to this critical endeavor and look forward to driving change together.”
In a release announcing HARMAN’s Founders Circle membership, HARMAN president/CEO Dinesh Paliwal said, “HARMAN is proud to build on our relationship with the Grammy organization as the longtime official sound of the Grammys and as a three-time award winner. We look forward to working with coalition partners, some of whom we already have deep relationships with, to inspire and empower more young people to make music.”
HARMAN has served as the official technology partner of coalition member Little Kids Rock, underwriting its online Jam Zone curriculum for students and teachers. HARMAN has also teamed with the Make Music Alliance to fund HARMAN Street Studios around the world on Make Music Day held in June. HARMAN as well supports composer/singer-songwriter/producer A.R. Rahman’s Sunshine Orchestra while continuing to fund community-based programs in Asia, Europe and South America.