Advocacy & Creators Rights Take The Stage During GRAMMY Week

(L-R): Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Jac Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rodney Jerkins, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.)
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Advocacy & Creators Rights Take The Stage During GRAMMY Week

Inside the discussions, performances, and behind-the-scenes action as the Recording Academy Advocacy team brings together music makers and lawmakers in L.A.

Advocacy/Feb 7, 2020 - 02:28 am

GRAMMY Week serves as a gathering for the music community, and it's also the perfect time to further the discussion about music creators' rights. Last week in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy’s Advocacy team took the opportunity to lead a series of briefings for members of Congress as part of GRAMMY Week, reminding them, as they enjoy the music that enriches our lives, of the issues affecting the many people behind the scenes who make it possible.

The discussion centered around current legislative solutions in Congress, policy that directly impact creators, and general information about the industry. The goal of the event was to provide lawmakers with firsthand knowledge about challenges creators face when developing, selling, and protecting their work. The day was full of enlightening discussion and more than a little music.

The event was composed of two panels. The first, moderated by Jeriel Johnson, the Executive Director of the Academy’s Washington, DC Chapter, featured a conversation with super producer Rodney Jerkins and rising artist Jac Ross.

The two music makers discussed the challenges of building and sustaining a livelihood in music from their distinctly different career phases. Jerkins shared his experienced perspective on the evolution of the music industry and how royalties have decreased with the growing popularity of streaming services, while Ross focused on the challenges an aspiring artist faces and how he overcame the barriers of entry into the industry.

For the second panel, the Recording Academy's Michael Lewan led a conversation with versatile pop/rock group X Ambassadors about fair market ticketing and challenges to touring. They also explored the process of collaborating with other artists on songwriting, including Lizzo, who took home the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance for their joint composition “Jerome.”

 

With GRAMMY Week, music is always in the air! To top off the event, both Jac Ross and the X Ambassadors were gracious enough to deliver amazing performances of a few of their songs for the members of Congress. In yet another musical surprise, GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper stopped in to greet the members of Congress.

The experience for lawmakers continued the next day. Ahead of the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, policy makers joined the Academy at Staples Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the production and technology needed to put on a live, internationally broadcasted telecast. 

The weekend was attended by Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), and Norma Torres (D-Calif.), as well as senior congressional staff from a dozen bipartisan offices.

Just as the GRAMMY Awards celebrate excellence in music, GRAMMY Week is a celebration of all the music creators who make it all happen. The Recording Academy's ongoing advocacy work serves as a voice for music makers, and the events and experiences they hosted for members of Congress during this year's GRAMMY Week will no doubt leave a lasting impression.

To learn more about important music policy issues, visit the Recording Academy's issues and policy page and contact your members of Congress today to let them know you support the music makers who enrich our lives and our culture.

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The Recording Academy Announces Official GRAMMY Week 2021 Events

GRAMMY trophies at the 59th GRAMMY Awards in 2017

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The Recording Academy Announces Official GRAMMY Week 2021 Events

The virtual events during GRAMMY Week 2021 aim to celebrate this year's nominees and the music that unites us

Recording Academy/Feb 26, 2021 - 02:00 am

The Recording Academy has announced the events lineup for GRAMMY Week 2021 ahead of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards broadcasting Sunday, March 14, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. All events will be virtual this year to ensure the safety of our staff and guests and to make the events as accessible as possible to attendees. 

See the full GRAMMY Week 2021 lineup of confirmed events and additional details here and below:

MARCH 8

GRAMMY In The Schools Fest
This four-day virtual event, presented by MusicPower, will celebrate music and music education featuring performances by students and professionals along with engaging, educational panels by artists, educators and other music professionals and will conclude on March 11, 2021.

Free to the public for those who register in advance by clicking on this link

Women In The Mix
This event will recognize the contributions of women in music and amplify female voices across the industry. Highlighting producers, engineers, artists and executives, this program champions women who set the tone for their own communities and work to close gender gaps on and off the stage.

The virtual event will take place publicly on GRAMMY.com

MARCH 10

The Inaugural Black Music Collective GRAMMY Week Celebration
The historic event, presented by Mastercard, will feature an array of esteemed Black music creators and professionals known for amplifying Black voices in music and beyond.

The virtual event can be viewed on GRAMMY.com

MARCH 11

GRAMMY U Masterclass With Tayla Parx
Join us for a masterclass with GRAMMY nominee, Tayla Parx, as she discusses the craft of songwriting and being a multi-faceted artist. A singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur, Tayla has penned tracks for Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe and Anderson.Paak, in addition to her successful solo career as an artist. This program is in collaboration with the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective and Powered by Mastercard.

The virtual event can be viewed on the Recording Academy's Facebook channel.

Producers & Engineers Wing 20th Anniversary Celebration
This hour-long program will celebrate the 20-year milestone of the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing with highlights from the past two decades and a look into the future. 

This is a private event.

MARCH 12

23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative
The event will honor the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) — a nationally recognized leader in legal education and professional development within the United States for lawyers and professionals in the entertainment, sports and related industries — with the 2021 Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award.

This is a private event.

MusiCares Music On A Mission
This virtual fundraiser will honor the resilience of the music community, which has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will celebrate top moments in MusiCares' history, including legendary performances from the MusiCares' vaults and new performances from today's biggest stars.

Tickets are available to the public for $25 and are on sale now on MusiCares.org.

MARCH 14

63rd GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony
Get ready for Music's Biggest Night by starting with Music's Biggest Day. The Premiere Ceremony will present more than 70 GRAMMY winners and feature a variety of exciting performances across genres. 

Watch the live stream exclusively on GRAMMY.com.

63rd GRAMMY Awards
The 63rd GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, March 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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24th Annual Entertainment Law initiative GRAMMY Week Event To Honor Susan Genco

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24th Annual Entertainment Law initiative GRAMMY Week Event To Honor Susan Genco

Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative Event to celebrate 2022 Service Award winner and law student scholarship recipients

Recording Academy/Dec 16, 2021 - 05:59 pm

Editor's Note: The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The below article was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 18, to reflect the new show date and location.

 

The 24th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event will return to an in-person luncheon and program in Beverly Hills in January 2022. 

The Recording Academy's Entertainment Law Initiative was established in partnership with the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys to promote discussion and debate around compelling legal matters and trends in the ever-evolving music industry. 

The event will honor Susan Genco, co-president of The Azoff Company, with the 2022 Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award.

This honor is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service. One winner and two runners-up of the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest (to be announced in January) will also be recognized at the event.

The Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event is the premier annual gathering of entertainment attorneys to celebrate the achievements of their own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders and support students who are pursuing careers in music law.

One key educational initiative of the Entertainment Law Initiative is a national legal writing contest co-sponsored by the American Bar Association that awards law students with $15,000 in tuition scholarships.

Law students are challenged to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the modern music industry and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to the author of the winning paper, and a $2,500 scholarship is awarded to two runners-up.

All three recipients will receive a mentor session with a leading entertainment attorney. The winning paper will be published in the ABA's journal Entertainment & Sports Lawyer.

The winner will also receive travel and tickets to Los Angeles to attend the 64th GRAMMY Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year, and the ELI GRAMMY Week Event. The contest is open to JD and LLM candidates at U.S. law schools and students have until Jan. 4 to enter the contest. See official rules, detailed prize packages and deadlines at GRAMMY.com/entertainment-law-initiative.

Sponsorship packages for the ELI GRAMMY Week Event are available. Contact Neil Crilly at neil.crilly@recordingacademy.com for information. Individual tickets and a limited number of discounted student tickets are now on sale at GRAMMY.com/ELI-tickets.

WHEN:            Sat, Jan. 29, 2022

10 a.m.           Media Check-In
11 a.m.           Reception & Media Interviews
12 p.m.           Luncheon & Presentation

WHERE:         Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
PARKING:      $20 Valet

MEDIA RSVP MANDATORY: tra@finnpartners.com

Recording Academy And GRAMMY Museum Honor Local Teachers As 2022 Music Educator Award Finalists

The Recording Academy And GRAMMY Museum Name Jeffrey Murdock As The Recipient Of The 2021 Music Educator Award

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The Recording Academy And GRAMMY Museum Name Jeffrey Murdock As The Recipient Of The 2021 Music Educator Award

Jeffrey Murdock and nine music teacher finalists will receive cash honorariums, with generous support and resources provided by the GRAMMY Museum's Education Champion, Ford Motor Company Fund

Recording Academy/Mar 11, 2021 - 08:55 pm

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have announced Jeffrey Murdock of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as the recipient of the 2021 Music Educator Award. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 U.S. states.

A partnership and joint presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college in 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 schools.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher— students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The 2021 honoree will be recognized during GRAMMY Week this month. The winner will also receive a $10,000 honorarium with a matching school grant. The nine additional finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and their schools will also receive matching grants.

The grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum's Education Champion, Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies. 

Nominations and applications for the 2022 Music Educator Award are now open.

A complete list of the 2021 Music Educator Award recipients is below:

Music Educator Award Winner School City State
Jeffrey Murdock University of Arkansas Fayetteville Ark.
Finalists School City State
Justin Antos Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Frankfort Ill.
Stephen Cox Eastland High School Eastland Texas
Pamela Dawson DeSoto High School DeSoto Texas
Michelle Folta Columbus State University Columbus Ga.
Elizabeth Hering Churchill High School Livonia Mich.
Chris Maunu Arvada West High School Arvada Colo.
Brian McMath Northwest Guilford High School Greensboro N.C.
Lynne Ruda

Lancaster High School

Lancaster N.Y.
Donald Walter

Northwest Guilford Middle School and Northwest Guilford High School

Oak Ridge N.C.

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Linda Perry Talks Craft, Creativity & Her Biggest Hits In Nashville

Linda Perry

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Linda Perry Talks Craft, Creativity & Her Biggest Hits In Nashville

The GRAMMY-nominated musical force of nature opens up to an intimate audience about artistry, authenticity and her illustrious career in music

Recording Academy/Jul 18, 2018 - 12:44 am

Finding success as a songwriter, artist or producer/engineer is a one-in-a-million shot at best in today's super-saturated music industry, but to succeed at all three takes a remarkable individual. Linda Perry is just that special talent. For a lucky audience at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter's Craft Session event on June 14 at The Tracking Room, the GRAMMY nominee took a candid look at her remarkable career, her instinctual creative process and the stories behind some of her biggest hits.

Born to a father who loved Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, old time country, and jazz, a Brazilian mother with a penchant for Sergio Mendes, and growing up around siblings who loved pop and rock music, Perry's first love was musicals. She cites listening to "The Jungle Book" as the magical moment for her when storytelling and music collided. Later, she discovered the encompassing power of her own voice, the beginning of a career full of music coming naturally to her.

"One day, literally, in San Francisco, I was playing guitar … and then I just started singing," said Perry. "And this huge voice came out of me. … It just took over my whole body and I started crying and my roommate came running down. She was like, 'What was that?' And I'm like, 'It was me!' … Then that's when I said, 'I'm gonna be a rockstar.'"

From there, Perry stumbled into playing music, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist picking up guitar and piano by ear without any trouble at all. These instincts as a musician still guide her in the studio, where Perry let's her ears take over.

"I'm different because I don't know what I'm doing, I just feel it," said Perry. "I pride myself on my drum sounds, and when I get drum sounds they're fat, they're awesome, they're gorgeous, but I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just turning things, moving microphones until it sounds good to my ear. I don't need to know that I'm boosting 2K or bringing down 15K. Who cares about that? I just want to know I'm getting a good sound. … I don't look at meters, I just move microphones."

Every way Perry interacts with music seems to carry this natural, instinctual movement. As a songwriter, there may be ways of forcing ideas to come out, but she admitted that's not how she works. In fact, the question she gets asked most often by songwriters is about dealing with writer's block. Her answer is an enlightening one.

"I don't get songwriter's block because I'm not thinking," said Perry. "Only people who are thinking about writing music get songwriter's block, I just do it. And if it's not there to do, I don't do it."

During the conversation, Perry walked the audience through her journey in the San Francisco music scene in the '90s where she earned a write-up in SF Weekly for her brief but memorable first performance after playing just two songs then breaking a string. and formed her band 4 Non Blondes, whose original name was Lesbian Snake Charmers. She kept her solo career pursuits going while joining the band before combining the two and finding a record deal post haste.

Perry talked about writing "What's Up," the band's 1992 smash hit, and the subsequent struggle to maintain her artistic vision for the song. The album's producer suggested lyric rewrites and production choices that forced Perry to decide between being a team player and standing up for her artistry.

Thankfully, she was able to cut the tune on her last reel of tape and rush it to mastering just in time. Shockingly, it was Perry's first time touching a microphone and crafting sounds in a studio. The raw brilliance of the recording came together in a hurry and created something lasting.

"That recording was my first actual recording, and it's flawed all over the place. I can't stand my voice on that," Perry said. "Everything about it when I hear it sounds amateurish. All those flaws and all those mistakes are what made that song what it was. So the moral of the story is just trust your instincts because we're not here to be perfect. We're here to create an emotion and to create a moment."

Ever since, Perry has tapped into this magic throughout her career in her own music and collaborating with other artists. During the Craft Session, she recounted how she patched together Pink's "Get This Party Started," taking her first crack as sequencing, the arc of her collaboration with James Blunt, her love/hate relationship with the "beyond talented" Christina Aguilera, for whom she penned the 2002 smash hit "Beautiful," and more.

In an industry with so many facets, Perry has grown her career on the foundation of true artistry, tapping into inspiration and authenticity at every stage of the process. Her vision — or the vision of the artist she's working with — always comes first. From there, Perry says it's about craft and creativity, no matter who you are or what your process is.

"It's very important to really understand your craft," Perry said. "There's kids doing amazing albums on GarageBand because they're being creative. You can record on anything if you're creative, you have a good song and you get the emotion."

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