The L.U.C.Y. Award

Update: 05/06/2020 – Following the announcement of continued school closures for the remainder of the current school year, we have waived submission requirement #4 asking for applicants to “Submit a video of you teaching one of the lessons within the unit.”  Additionally, the final deadline to submit an application for the 2020 L.U.C.Y. Award is May 31st at 5 p.m. CST.


Due to the current situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the submission period has been extended until schools return following this unique situation. Please email [email protected] with any questions regarding application submission. Additional updates regarding The L.U.C.Y. Award will be posted on this page.

Lifting Up Children and Youth

The L.U.C.Y. Award celebrates K-12 educators from the state of Mississippi who embody the educational mission of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The Museum’s mission is to use music as a gateway to learning; inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression. All K-12 educators who reside and teach in the state of Mississippi are invited to apply. Applicants are eligible for prizes and unique professional opportunities. In addition to the annual award, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi offers an online library of music-related lessons for use in the classroom.


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

Submission period:

August 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020

The 2019-2020 recipient will receive:

  • $2,000 honorarium
  • $1,000 grant awarded to his/her school to support music education
  • Two tickets and accommodations to the Fall 2020 Annual GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Gala
  • …and will be honored at a special GRAMMY Museum Mississippi event in May 2020

Semi-Finalists will receive:

  • $500 grant awarded to their school to support music education

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2020

How to Apply

Complete the online application with one original unit of lessons adhering to the L.U.C.Y. Award requirements. Academic educators must incorporate music as a tool for teaching course content.  Music educators must incorporate at least one other academic area as a tool for course content.


CLICK HERE to Apply for the 2019-2020 L.U.C.Y. Award

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Example Lessons Incorporating Music

CLICK HERE to view example submissions.


  • Actively teach K -12 and be a resident of the state of Mississippi.
  • Complete the online L.U.C.Y. Award application form.
  • Submit an original and complete unit of lessons.
    • An academic unit must incorporate music as a tool for teaching course content.
    • A music unit must incorporate at least one other academic area as a tool for teaching course content.
    • A unit may focus on foreign language instruction (e.g. lessons for Spanish class), but the submission itself must be in English.
  • Requirement Waived - Submit a video of you teaching one of the lessons within the unit. (maximum video time 45 minutes)
  • There are no team submissions.
  • There is no nomination process for this award.
  • Lesson plans may include:
    • Focus/Purpose
    • Standards/Objectives
    • Checking for Understanding
    • Modeling
    • Guided Practice
    • Independent Practice
    • Strategies to accommodate for various levels of learning
    • Closure
    • Evaluation(s)
    • Handouts
    • Resources
  • Suggested font style: Arial 12 pt.

Adjudication Process

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of teachers and administrators considering the following criteria:

  1. Unit Design/Creativity - Does the unit employ various teaching approaches? On the whole, is the unit innovative or ordinary? Are best practices evident
  2. Teachability – Can the curriculum be implemented successfully and with ease
  3. Transferability – Can the general design of the lesson(s) be modified for students of different ages/grade levels?
  4. Level of engagement – Will students be actively engaged in a number of ways? (e.g. writing, discussing, working in a group/individually, and so on)?

For additional questions, please contact [email protected]