Membership Process Video Tutorials

To apply for Recording Academy membership, you must first confirm that you meet the voting or professional membership qualifications, and receive a recommendation from two music industry peers. If you have any questions about Recording Academy membership or the application process, visit our Membership FAQ or contact

Completing a Recommendation

Both members and non-members of the Recording Academy can make recommendations for membership candidates. Non-members of the Academy should be able to verify a primary career in the recording industry.

If you’re a current member and would like to recommend a candidate, visit your dashboard here.

If you’re not currently a member, but actively working in music, click here to recommend a candidate.



Completing a Voting Application

Voting Membership is for performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, instrumentalists, and other creators currently working in the recording industry. Voting Members determine GRAMMY winners each year.

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Completing a Professional Application

Professional membership is for music businesspeople whose full-time, primary business activity directly supports music creators such as music executives (e.g., labels and label distributors, publishers, promoters, performing rights organizations), creator representatives (e.g., agents, managers, lawyers, publicists), industry writers (e.g., authors, journalists), and music educators (e.g. college/university educators, music/trade school educators).

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