According to www.grammy.com, "[The] Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools."
If Yancey is chosen as recipient from the 10 finalists, he will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the honor, attend the Grammy Awards, and receive $10,000.
Yancey teaches choral music at Martin Gifted & Talented Magnet School in Raleigh. He is also the music director at Durham's Monument of Faith Church. He cites his father, Pastor Willie Yancey, and his uncle, Detroit Yancey--gospel singers/writers/musicians and recording artists--as his earliest significant music influences.