Distinguished Music Educator/ Supporter of the Arts Award Criteria


The purpose of the annual Distinguished Music Educator/Supporter of the Arts Award is to recognize outstanding music educators/supporters of the arts for their individual achievements, contributions to their fields or professions, and service to their community.


  • The recipient may be a current or retired music educator.
  • The recipient should have a minimum of five years of teaching experience.
  • All music teachers (K-12) will be considered.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates should be viewed as distinguished in his or her field.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated a pride for the arts through contributed time, talent and/or resources.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated the highest standard of personal integrity and character.

Method of Nomination

  • Nominations may be made by anyone associated with public or private schools in Arkansas. 
  • Nominations may be made by members of any recognized professional music organization in Arkansas.
  • A nomination letter must be submitted for each nominee. Based on the selection criteria, the nomination letter must describe why the nominee should be considered for the Distinguished Music Educator/Supporter of the Arts Award. The letter should be no longer than two doubled-space pages.
  • A maximum of two awards will be granted per year

Selection Process

  • The Distinguished Awards Committee (DAC) will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval
  • The DAC will consist of a minimum of three members to be selected by APME President.
  • The Distinguished Music Educator/Supporter of the Arts Award will be presented at the annual “For The Love of Art” Benefit. (The award will be presented only if the committee identifies a candidate)
  • All Nominations must be received by the end of December of each academic year.

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