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Announcement: 2012 ISME–Gibson International Awards for Music Education

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Aims of the Award

On the occasion of the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece (July 15-20, 2012), the International Society for Music Education and Gibson Foundation are proud to announce the 2012 ISME–Gibson International Awards for Music Education.


These prestigious awards are open to educators and institutions that have particularly distinguished themselves in the field of music education within Greece. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and service in the discipline, thereby providing acknowledgment for exemplary music educators and or institutions whose work enriches music education in Greece and serves as an exemplar for the ideals of music education internationally.

Number of Awards

Up to two awards will be presented at the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education.

Nomination Details

All nominations must contain the following information:

  1. first and last name, title, contact details (home address, e-mail and telephone number), as well as a short Curriculum Vitae of the candidate or institution proposed;
  2. reasons for presenting the nominee;
  3. reference to precise examples of the work carried out by the nominee in the field of music education (possibly supported by audiovisual recordings, testimonies, etc.);
  4. names and contact details of those presenting the nomination (who must be regularly paid-up members of the Greek Society for Music Education for the year 2012); and
  5. other relevant information that may support the nomination.

Nominations for candidates should be e-mailed no later than February 1, 2012 to the Chair of the ISME–Gibson Awards Committee, Gary McPherson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) who will duly confirm receipt. All supporting papers and multimedia documents must be submitted online using the same email address.

Award Procedure

The preliminary assessment of nominations will be made by the Awards Group for Gibson Awards (AGGA) who will liaise with the Greek Society for Music Education (GSME) to make a final recommendation to the ISME President and Nina Miller (Gibson) on the two awards, reserving the right to assign no awards should the suitable requisites be lacking.

The two awards will be presented during the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece (July 15-20). Each recipient will be eligible to receive funding of US$10,000 for an approved project that provides opportunities that would not otherwise exist for children to learn, experience and actively participate in music. Funding applications will be considered after the award has been conferred.

The International Society for Music Education believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. Established in 1953 under the auspices of UNESCO, the Society leads and supports music education worldwide.

Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment, and health and welfare causes. For further information, visit the Gibson Foundation at www.gibsonfoundation.org