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HARMAN Joins GRAMMY™ Music Education Coalition as Founders Circle Member


Demonstrating its support for bringing high-quality music education
to public schools, audio leader will be a Founders Circle member in

Music Education Coalition
, a non-profit collective seeking to
increase music-making among students in American public schools, today
announced that HARMAN
International Industries, Inc
., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung
Electronics, has joined the Coalition's Founders Circle with a
commitment to fund and resource HARMAN Inspired recording studios in New
York, Nashville and Philadelphia public schools and create dedicated
programming to encourage more girls to pursue studies and careers in

Coalition Founders Circle members provide essential resources to
well-vetted music education programs and innovative faculty in
underserved American school systems. The coalition's work has begun in
public schools in three inaugural cities — New York, Philadelphia and
Nashville. Over time the work will expand to other urban, suburban and
rural communities.

The Coalition partners with each school system to design programs based
on specific needs that will have the greatest collective impact and
become sustainable over time. The Coalition intends to add additional
school systems to its charter based on need and available funding in the

"We couldn't be happier to welcome HARMAN as a Founders Circle member,"
said Lee Whitmore, Ed.D, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Music
Education Coalition. "HARMAN's industry leadership in music, audio and
technology, and their deep commitment to young people, music education,
and community, make them a critical partner in our work."

"Music education is a critical endeavor that contributes to the personal
and professional development of young people and the health and vitality
of communities," said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. "HARMAN
is proud to build on our relationship with the GRAMMY organization, as
the longtime official sound of the GRAMMYs and as a three-time award
winner by joining the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition Founder's Circle.
We look forward to working with Coalition partners, some of whom we
already have deep relationships with, to inspire and empower more young
people to make music."

HARMAN is committed to advancing music and STEM education, encouraging
its 30,000 employees around the world to engage in local community
efforts that leverage technology and hands-on, immersive experiences.
For three years, the Company has served as the official technology
partner of Little Kids Rock, a coalition partner, underwriting its
online Jam Zone curriculum aimed at students and teachers. HARMAN also
partners with the Make Music Alliance to fund HARMAN Street Studios
around the world on Make Music Day held in June. In India, the Company
supports AR Rahman's Sunshine Orchestra and continues to fund
community-based programs throughout Asia, Europe and South America.

About HARMAN Inspired

HARMAN Inspired (
is HARMAN International's global cause movement created to prepare the
next generation of technology leaders through unique, immersive and
meaningful experiences in music, technology and community service. In
collaboration with leading nonprofits around the globe, HARMAN
connects young people to diverse opportunities that
motivate them to learn and develop skills and interests in pursuit of
careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Technology
(STEAM). HARMAN focuses its efforts in the 120 communities across 30
countries where our 30,000 people live and work. On a global scale, we
are the official technology partner of Little Kids Rock, the official
sound of the Grammy Music Education Coalition and the official sound of
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In STEAM, we are a part of
the Iridescent Technovation challenge and support young women in tech
through the 1,000 Dreams Fund. In 2017, HARMAN Inspired reached nearly
one million students through the HARMAN music education program and
launched sustainable and charitable programs. HARMAN became a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics in 2017.

About the GRAMMY™ Music Education Coalition

The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition (GMEC) is a first-of-its-kind
nonprofit 501(c)(3) collective of more than 30 of the most
forward-thinking music education organizations. We are leading systemic
change at the elementary and secondary public-school levels by working
with districts to provide needs-based grants, increase the number of
students actively engaged in music instruction and music making, and
build skills that benefit children academically, emotionally and
socially. For more information on the GMEC and its education
initiatives, visit

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