Jostens Partners with the Grammy Foundation to Fund Music Education in Schools

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JOSTENS AND THE GRAMMY® FOUNDATION PARTNER TO SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Jostens Pledges Up to $150,000 for Music Education

Minneapolis – September 15, 2014 – Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced a partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation® in support of their GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs and in celebrating all the moments that matter in high school. As part of the partnership, GRAMMY® Foundation artist ambassadors Jack Antonoff, Colbie Caillat, and Darius Rucker have created messages for students reflecting on music and their own high school experiences.

In an immediate effort to support music education, Jostens will donate $50,000 to the GRAMMY Foundation today to promote the educational and inspirational impacts of music in high schools. Additionally, students across the U.S. will have the opportunity to join Jostens in raising up to $100,000 for music education through yearbook and class ring customization offerings between September 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. When a student purchases the music icon for the cover of their Jostens yearbook, Jostens will donate $1 to the GRAMMY Foundation (up to $50,000). When a student purchases a Jostens Heritage® or Achiever® class ring with a Music Design-A-Side®, Jostens will donate $1 to the GRAMMY Foundation (up to $50,000).

“Working with educators to increase the climate and culture across U.S. schools is a priority for Jostens, and music programs are shown to be beneficial to students’ motivation and academic achievement,” said Chuck Mooty, president and CEO, Jostens. “We are honored to partner with the GRAMMY Foundation to further the work they are doing to support music education in high schools and make a difference in people’s lives through music.”

“The GRAMMY Foundation is thrilled to join with Jostens to make a difference in students’ lives through our GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs,” said Scott Goldman, vice president, the GRAMMY Foundation. “Jostens is the perfect partner to help ensure students have the opportunity to incorporate music education into their high school experience.”

The Artist Ambassador videos from Jack Antonoff, Colbie Callait, and Darius Rucker, along with additional information about Jostens and the GRAMMY Foundation® can be found at www.jostens.com/GRAMMYFoundation.
About Jostens

Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Jostens serves markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics and personal care sampling and packaging, and educational and trade publishing segments.

About GRAMMY Foundation

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present the Music Educator Award®. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2015. For more information about the Music Educator Award, please visit GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “GRAMMY in the Schools®” on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).

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