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The Recording Academy Invites More Than 2,700 Music Professionals To Its 2022 Membership Class
The Recording Academy has invited more than 2,700 music professionals to join its 2022 membership class — and the deadline to accept invitations is Tuesday, July 12. Check out reactions from some of the newest Academy members.
The Recording Academy has officially extended invitations to more than 2,700 music creators and professionals to join its 2022 membership class. This year's invitees include professionals from wide-ranging backgrounds, genres and disciplines. The invitations reflect the invitees' important contributions to music, as well as a desire to influence progressive changes within the music industry.
The deadline to accept invitations to the 2022 Recording Academy membership class is Tuesday, July 12.
Recording Academy members play an integral role in shaping the future of the music industry on a local and national level. In addition to submitting product for GRAMMY Awards consideration and voting during the GRAMMY Awards process, members can propose amendments to GRAMMY Awards rules, run for a Recording Academy Board position or Committee, vote in Chapter elections, participate in member-only programs, and support fellow musicians through advocacy.
"Building an active and representative membership that embodies our vibrant music community is fundamental to the Recording Academy's ethos," Kelley Purcell, the Recording Academy's Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations, says. "Members are the backbone of the Academy. With this new class, we are committed to cultivating local and national leadership to help ensure that a new generation of music creators will be empowered to drive change."
Recording Academy members have the power to "cultivate real, meaningful change, not just within the Academy, but the entire music ecosystem," Ashley Thomas, Director of Member Outreach & Systems at the Recording Academy, adds.
The Recording Academy offers three types of membership: Voting Membership for recording creators; Professional Membership for executives working in support of creators; and GRAMMY U for college students who aspire to pursue a career in the music industry. Invited members must be recommended by industry peers and are subject to a peer review.
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Statement From Harvey Mason jr., The Recording Academy CEO
The following is a statement from Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. regarding nominations for the 64th GRAMMY Awards
"Realizing that today is a time to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we reluctantly felt compelled to respond to the suggestive and sometimes erroneous reports we have seen in the media regarding the Academy’s decision to expand our general fields from eight to 10 nominees. But first, we must pause and give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us over the last year.
Our music industry has so much to be thankful for. The love and passion for what our community has produced has also led to one of the most robust nominating processes in the history of our Academy. I applaud our Board of Trustees, for having the agility and foresight to approve this expansion as a way to honor more music, more artists and more genres. And yes, they did it quickly and decisively, and they did it without knowing who the additional nominees would be.
For those who would suggest any counter-narratives to stir drama and drive clicks, I would ask that you please take a fresh look at the new Recording Academy.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of this year’s nominees and music fans everywhere."
—Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy
A Letter To Our Recording Academy Members And To Our Colleagues In The Music Industry
Read a letter from the Academy's Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is attuned to the calls to action that have resonated ever since the 60th GRAMMY Awards. We recognize the impact of the unfortunate choice of words from our President/CEO, Neil Portnow, in a post-GRAMMY interview. In the many letters and statements that we and our Board have received from some of our most respected artists, as well as prominent female and male music business executives, the message is clear: Our Academy and our industry must do a better job honoring and demonstrating our commitment to cultural, gender and genre diversity, in all aspects of our work.
The Recording Academy is a membership organization, first and foremost. Like all Academy members, our Trustees live and breathe music, and are embedded in the fabric of our industry. Our Board members - many of whom are women - include independent artists, songwriters, touring musicians, producers and engineers, visual and audio entrepreneurs, A&R executives, and music publishers. Our Vice Chair and former Chair/Chair Emeritus are women, and our National Awards and Nominations, Membership, Advocacy, and Producers & Engineers Wing Steering committees are all chaired or co-chaired by women. We honor the Academy, and we expect nothing less in return than strict adherence to musical excellence, an inclusive and diverse philosophy, meaningful outreach and communication, a purity of purpose, and an eagerness to embrace change as our musical culture and society evolve
The Academy’s commitment to our community resonates far beyond the nominations, winners and performers on the GRAMMY Awards. MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum Foundation, and our Advocacy presence in Washington, D.C., speak to how much we care about all the people in our music family, whether they are Academy members or not. Our 12 Chapters nurture new generations of professionals in recording and business, and mentor Governors on our local boards to ally themselves with the issues they are most passionate about. At the heart of what we do, there is mutual respect and the belief that each of us has something unique and valuable to offer. The more diverse we are as an Academy, the better equipped we are to champion our members and our community.
The GRAMMY Awards have always been a positive and negative flashpoint and will likely continue to be because of the ever-changing nature of our world. We are constantly striving to reflect genre, gender, and ethnic diversity in our categories and fields. We welcome proposals from our members to make changes, and we debate all worthy ideas at an annual meeting dedicated solely to this purpose. Likewise, we have worked hard to ensure that our eligibility requirements reflect changing distribution methods. The advent of online voting and the ability to offer audio streams of nominated titles has been designed to make the voting experience convenient, while not compromising security.
The Academy is a thriving, fluid environment. It has a powerful agenda to do good work intended to improve the lives of those who create music, and to ensure that we respectfully participate in a culture where creativity can flourish. We look to our industry partners to provide opportunities for music creators to maintain their professional careers. We embrace the idea that with the help and support of dedicated artists and professionals, we will undertake a fresh, honest appraisal of the role of women in all aspects of our Academy and the industry at large, with the hope of inspiring positive change.
Our Board of Trustees is committed to creating a comprehensive task force that will take a deep look at these issues and make material recommendations on how we can all do better. We are pleased that our task force announcement has been well received, with many people offering to participate in work that will yield tangible results. As we continue to take the appropriate time needed to ensure that this action is well-conceived and properly developed, we ask you to remember what this is about: improving our community and creating opportunity for all. If we achieve this goal, we will all look back at this moment as one that has helped reshape the fabric of our industry.
Please be assured that the Executive Committee and our Board of Trustees holds all the Academy’s leadership to the highest standards. We respect and deeply appreciate the opinions of the artists and industry leaders who have spoken up since the GRAMMY Awards. We cherish the trust that you have in the Recording Academy, and pledge to honor this transformational moment of gender equality as we continue to recognize musical excellence, advocate for the well-being of music makers, and ensure that music remains an indelible part of our culture.
The Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Trustees
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The Recording Academy Appoints David Gregory To Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, David Gregory leads the Information Technology team responsible for the overall technology infrastructure at the Recording Academy and its awards shows
The Recording Academy announced today the appointment of David Gregory as Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to Co-President Panos A. Panay, Gregory leads the Information Technology team responsible for the overall technology infrastructure at the Recording Academy and its awards shows, including network and systems technology, distribution and support of mobile devices, and training. He is responsible for driving operational technology and processes for IT, ERP, CRM, data security, governance, risk, and compliance while using technology to generate value, maintain security, and increase productivity. Gregory also oversees the applications that manage membership and the voting process for the GRAMMY Awards and supports the organization in achieving its diverse business objectives.
"Implementing new technological solutions is critical as we sharpen and modernize our service to staff and members," Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said. "David's track record will further accelerate the Academy's growth as we continue to refine our practices on every level and transform the future of the organization."
"I am delighted to welcome David to the Academy as our new Chief Information Officer," Recording Academy Co-President Panos said. "I've had the pleasure of working together with David for many years and look forward to bringing his talent and experience to the Academy as we architect and redevelop our data and technological infrastructure to meet the demands and needs of a new Academy and a new music business."
Before joining the Recording Academy, Gregory served as vice president of technology resources at Berklee College of Music for six years, where he led the implementation of major enterprise cloud applications including Salesforce and Workday and taught advanced music theory and composition for Berklee Online. He also held roles as vice president of technology at Smith College and chief information officer at Colgate University.
From 1994 to 2002, Gregory was the founder and chief creative officer for Media Station, a digital media company that developed interactive products for companies such as Disney, Hasbro and Mattel, where he designed the games and produced music for "The Lion King" animated storybook games.
Gregory holds a bachelor's and master's degree of music in composition from the University of Michigan and a certificate in music for film and television from Berklee Online.
Ledisi (L) & MC Lyte (R)
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Black Music Collective Podcast: Watch Ledisi Discuss Her Journey In Music As An Independent Artist
In the latest episode of the "Black Music Collective Podcast," GRAMMY-winning artist Ledisi talks through her journey in music on a road that hasn't always been easy and how she's remained true to who she is as an artist
In the latest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast," a new podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble, host and two-time GRAMMY nominee MC Lyte chats with powerhouse vocalist Ledisi, one of the greatest singers of her generation.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ledisi has garnered an impressive list of accolades, including three Soul Train Music Awards, a NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently, Ledisi received two LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominations, including Best Featured Actress in a Musical. This year, she received her first GRAMMY Award, for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her hit song, "Anything for You," at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards this past March. (She counts 13 career GRAMMY nominations overall.)
Born in New Orleans and reared in Oakland, California, Ledisi has wowed fans with her unparalleled vocals ever since she burst onto the scene. She is a beloved favorite among fellow musical and cultural icons, including the Obama family, the late Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and so many others.
An influential figure within the Recording Academy family, Ledisi was elected President of the Recording Academy's Los Angeles Chapter this year.
Listen to Ledisi talk through her journey in music on a road that hasn't always been easy and learn how she has remained true to who she is as an artist in the newest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" above.
About The Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast:
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" is a six-part podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble. Hosted by MC Lyte, the series includes various members of the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC), a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and beyond, who discuss their contributions and impact within the community and the music industry at large.
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" streams every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT through July 29 on EBONY.com and EBONY's YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as on GRAMMY.com/BlackMusicCollectivePodcast and the Recording Academy's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.