Henrico, Va., April 20, 2021 — For the 22nd straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named a national leader in music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has received the honor each year since the music-industry group began compiling its list of America’s “Best Communities for Music Education” in 1999.

The designation acknowledges schools and school divisions across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. It is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and families who believe in music education and work to make music education accessible to all students.

“What an honor to be the only school division in America recognized every year for 22 years in a row,” said Chris Moseley, Henrico Schools’ music education specialist. “Congratulations to our incredible music staff. It’s their dedication, along with the support of our School Board, administration and community, that make this possible.”

Studies have shown an association between exposure to the arts and academic and civic engagement.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation is funded by music trade association activities and donations. The foundation works to promote music education as an important part of the core educational curriculum.

To find out more about the “Best Communities for Music Education” program, go to https://www.nammfoundation.org/what-we-do/best-communities-music-education.