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The Recording Academy Appoints Harvey Mason Jr. As President/CEO

Following his transformational work as Interim President/CEO since 2020, the appointment removes the interim title and will enable Harvey Mason Jr. to continue the Recording Academy's drive for meaningful change across the organization

Recording Academy/May 14, 2021 - 12:49 am

The Recording Academy's Board of Trustees has appointed Harvey Mason jr., as the Academy's President/CEO, effective June 1. Mason has been in the position on an unpaid, interim basis since January 2020, prior to which he was Chair of the Academy's Board, a position he will now relinquish. His appointment as President/CEO recognizes his achievements in transforming the Academy in mission-critical ways.

In a joint statement, search committee co-chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones said: "We are delighted that Harvey will remain at the helm and continue to steer the organization through this pivotal time. As we journeyed deeper into our extensive search, it became clear that the best person for the job was Harvey. We are immensely impressed by the remarkable work he has done during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the Academy under his effective, results-driven leadership."

"I want to commend the search committee and our partners at Heidrick and Struggles for orchestrating a robust and exhaustive search for our next President and CEO," said Tammy Hurt, Vice Chair of the Recording Academy. "I am not surprised that they faced a significant challenge in finding candidates that would meet the standard that has been set by Harvey during these past 16 months. He has led the Academy through one of the most difficult periods in our history. As a music creator himself, he has provided hope, inspiration and a vision for the future that we are well on our way to achieving. We are all thrilled that he has agreed to become our permanent CEO and will continue to lead us into the future."

During Mason's tenure, the Academy has improved the transparency of the GRAMMY Awards process, made important changes to voting procedures, and has made strides towards ensuring a more diverse and inclusive membership body. Additionally, the Academy launched a new Songwriters & Composers Wing and the Black Music Collective.

Shortly after Mason was appointed as Interim President/CEO, the Academy confronted the unexpected challenge of COVID-19 and the disruption it caused to the livelihoods of so many Academy members and the music community. Under his leadership, MusiCares raised and distributed over $24 million to help struggling music creators through the crisis, and the Academy advocated effectively in Washington for relief. Despite that ongoing challenge, Mason continued the Academy's internal transformation, as it implemented the final recommendations of its Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, hired its first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and conducted an organizational restructure.

Although a search committee of the Academy's Board worked with a leading search firm and considered numerous candidates for the position, the committee and the Board as a whole concluded that no candidate matched Mason's combination of skills and experience: a GRAMMY-nominated creator, an entrepreneur, and a transformational leader. Mason will not retain his role as Board Chair, and will take appropriate steps to prevent any conflict of interest with his business, Harvey Mason Media.

"There is nothing more rewarding than having the trust and respect of your colleagues and peers," Mason said.  "I am honored to have been appointed to continue to lead the Recording Academy on our transformative journey. While I had not initially expected to be in this position, I remain deeply invested in the success of the organization and am motivated to help us achieve our greatest ambitions. I will serve humbly with a steadfast commitment to building a more inclusive, responsive and relevant Academy."

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The Recording Academy is taking its mission to support music creators to a global scale.

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The Recording Academy Announces Global Expansion Strategy In Africa And The Middle East

Working with entities in Africa and the Middle East, the Recording Academy is expanding internationally to support music creators on a global scale through enhanced educational resources, cross-cultural learnings, intellectual property advocacy, and more.

Recording Academy/Jun 11, 2024 - 02:01 pm

The Recording Academy, the organization behind the annual GRAMMY Awards, has announced agreements with Ministries of Cultures and key stakeholders across the Middle East and Africa to extend its efforts to support music creators on a global scale. The Recording Academy is working with the Ministries of Culture in Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Nigeria, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), and the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture in South Africa. Additionally, MOUs have been signed with Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Through the newly announced agreements, the Recording Academy will collaborate with its partners on a framework to bolster the Academy's presence and services in these rapidly growing music regions while taking its mission international. Through these collaborations, and in alignment with our mission, the Academy will explore several key initiatives, including: 

  • Championing music creators at all levels, providing them with a platform and advocacy. 

  • Empowering creators through enhanced training. Through its online learning platform, GRAMMY GO, the Recording Academy will look to provide educational programs and resources specifically tailored to the needs of music creators in these regions.

  • Producing original content that celebrates the rich musical heritage and dynamic emerging scenes of Africa and the Middle East.

  • Enhancing support for existing members. Cross-cultural learnings will benefit all music creators, and a presence in these rapidly growing music regions would provide numerous benefits to the Recording Academy's current and future members

  • Advocating for strong intellectual property (IP) legislation and protections for music creators.

  • Fueling the music economy by collaborating with partners to develop and strengthen the creative economy in Africa and the Middle East.

  • As a cornerstone of this initiative, the Recording Academy will publish a series of reports, highlighting the Academy's research and insights into these music markets.

For the past two years, Recording Academy leaders, including Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. and Recording Academy President Panos A. Panay, have traveled throughout these regions, participated in listening sessions, received high-level briefings, tours, and demonstrations, and obtained insight directly from both the governmental ministries and local music creators driving innovation in these markets.

"This is exciting because music is one of humanity's greatest natural resources," Mason jr. said in a statement about the Recording Academy's global expansion. "It is critical that the people who dedicate themselves to creating music have support, resources and opportunities, no matter where they are from."

"The Recording Academy is dedicated to supporting music creators around the world," Panay added in a statement. "Our expansion efforts into these fast-growing regions reflect our commitment to fostering a truly global music community, where creators at every stage of their careers and from every corner of the world have the resources and support they need to thrive."

As the first phase of plans to support music creators abroad, this expansion into the Middle East and Africa comes the same year the Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place this November in Miami, and months after the Latin Recording Academy hosted the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs in Seville, Spain, marking the first-ever international GRAMMY Awards show. This year at the 2024 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy also introduced the inaugural Best African Music Performance GRAMMY category, which recognizes recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent. Also, the Recording Academy last year partnered with the U.S. State Department on an initiative to promote peace through music.

Read additional quotes about our global expansion from Recording Academy members and our partners below:

Kenya:

Hon. Ababu Namwamba, EGH: "Creative Economy is among the key cogs in the wheel driving the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) in Kenya. The country has placed a premium on music, film, theatre, content creation, fashion, pageantry, and other creative industries as a pivot for job creation, revenue generation and economic growth for sustainable livelihoods. With a predominantly youthful population that is well educated, innovative and passionate in stretching the frontiers of imagination, Kenya considers the creative sector as a fitting ignition for lighting and unleashing the full potential of this enormous youth bulge. Furthermore, creatives offer a formidable platform for building cultural, social, economic, and political ties across the East African Community, the African Continent and indeed the entire African Diaspora globally. And so, it should be no surprise that Kenya is delighted to be among the four champions of this effort, alongside our sister nations of Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa. This is a historic opportunity to hoist high and celebrate Africanacity through artistic and cultural expression, while fostering innovation, creativity, fraternity, and solidarity for African peoples in Africa and beyond. Kenya is in KABISA! (absolutely). Welcome to magical Kenya, the land of Hakuna Matata!"  

United Arab Emirates:

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi: "Abu Dhabi's music scene is soaring, driven by the vibrancy of our youthful population, and strengthened by governmental commitment to infrastructure development, exemplified by existing and upcoming venues across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Additionally, investments in educational institutions such as Berklee Abu Dhabi and Bait al Oud Abu Dhabi, underscore our dedication to fostering local talent by providing them with comprehensive music theory education. As we embrace diverse genres emerging from our rich cultural heritage, we see a dynamic wave of creators and talents shaping our musical landscape. Today, we stand ready to collaborate with the Recording Academy to amplify our artists' voices, celebrate our music, and propel MENA's music industry to new heights."

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

Paul Pacifico, CEO, The Music Commission: "We are excited to become a part of the global GRAMMYs family, working to unite a growing range of music and talent from around the world as we strive to develop an inclusive and sustainable industry which fosters a rich tapestry of music and talent from diverse corners of the globe. We eagerly anticipate the benefits we know this partnership will bring to our music community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the opportunities it will deliver for Saudi music to take its place on the global stage and contribute to a more globally representative and vibrant music industry."

Rwanda:

Francis Gatare, CEO, Rwanda Development Board: "Rwanda embraces this vision of connecting the continent's creative minds, marking a pivotal moment in our history where our culture and spirit are celebrated and shared with the world. By fostering a unified creative platform, we not only celebrate our creativity but also forge a shared path toward economic and social prosperity. Rwanda is proud to champion this significant milestone. By promoting our diverse talents, we enrich the global creative community and affirm our place as leaders in cultural expression. This initiative underscores Rwanda's dedication to a vibrant and dynamic cultural landscape, positioning us at the heart of Africa's creative renaissance."

South Africa:

Tshepo Mahloele, Chairman of Arena Holdings: "It is an exciting era for African and particularly South African music to finally work with the Recording Academy in ways that will provide the opportunity for African music to be recognized and celebrated on the global stage. We are proud to have advanced this exciting partnership."

Afrexim Bank:

President Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, Afrexim Bank: "With Afreximbank's support for Africa's creative industries and endorsement of the Recording Academy's expansion, we recognize the immense potential this sector has to boost GDP and create employment for the youth. We extend our heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the Academy's founding nations and the leadership of the Recording Academy for this remarkable opportunity to blend 65 years of invaluable experience with our continent's vibrant music and creative ecosystem." 

Recording Academy Members:

John Legend: "I'm excited to see the Recording Academy taking these meaningful steps to globalize our mission and reach. Music knows no borders. It's global and transcends cultural, political and language barriers. I'm so glad that the Recording Academy, the leading organization serving music creators, is evolving to be a more global organization."

Angelique Kidjo: "The Recording Academy is accelerating its efforts to serve music people everywhere, and Africa is ready with open arms. We are a continent of music and young, passionate music makers. I'm proud to see the Academy forming partnerships with Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and no doubt, more to come!"

Kat Graham: "As a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, I've seen firsthand how interconnected our world is. I applaud the Recording Academy for expanding its activities to Africa and the Middle East, two of the fastest-growing regions. This visionary move will amplify the role music can play as a force for good in the world while showcasing diverse voices and fostering cultural unity on a global scale."

Davido: "As an African musician, I'm excited about the Recording Academy's expansion into Africa and the Middle East. It acknowledges our vibrant talent and the global influence of African music. This initiative offers a platform for creators, elevating our cultural expressions and uniting us through music."

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The Recording Academy welcomes its 2024-2025 Board Of Trustees

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The Recording Academy Elects 19 Leaders To Its 2024-2025 Board Of Trustees

The Recording Academy has elected 19 new leaders of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to add to its 2024-2025 National Board of Trustees.

Recording Academy/Jun 3, 2024 - 01:05 pm

Following this year’s annual Recording Academy Board of Trustees meeting, 19 leaders of diverse backgrounds and disciplines have assumed their position on the 2024-2025 Board of Trustees. Effective June 1, the newly elected Trustees joined the Academy’s midterm Trustees, including National Officers Tammy Hurt (Chair), Dr. Chelsey Green (Vice Chair), Gebre Waddell (Secretary/Treasurer), and Christine Albert (Chair Emeritus) to uphold the Academy's mission to serve and represent the music community at-large through its commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, fight for creators' rights, protect music people in need, preserve music's history, and invest in its future.

Recording Academy members play a key role in shaping the next generation of the organization's leaders on a local and national level. Each year, the Academy's 12 Chapters' Voting and Professional Members vote in their respective Chapter Board Elections to elect their Chapter's Governors. Of the Trustees that serve on the National Board, eight are elected by Voting and Professional Members of the Academy (four each year) and 30 are elected by the Chapter Boards (15 each year). The remaining four seats are composed of the National Trustee Officers serving the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Chair Emeritus, who are elected by the Board of Trustees once every two years. All positions on the Board of Trustees are subject to two two-year term limits.

The full list of the Academy's Board of Trustees is below: 

2024-2025 RECORDING ACADEMY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Cheche Alara^ Jennifer Blakeman^ EJ Gaines^ Taylor Hanson^ Ledisi Ken Shepherd^
Christine Albert Evan Bogart Kennard Garrett Justin “Henny” Henderson^ Eric Lilavois Jessica Thompson^
Marcella Araica Torae Carr^ Sara Gazarek^ Tammy Hurt Susan Marshall Gebre Waddell
Nikisha Bailey^ Dani Deahl^ Tracy Gershon J. Ivy Riggs Morales Paul Wall
Julio Bagué Maria Egan^ Dr. Chelsey Green Terry Jones^ Donn Thompson Morelli “Donn T” Wayna
Larry Batiste Fletcher Foster^ Dave Gross^ Angelique Kidjo Ms. Meka Nism^ Tamara Wellons^
Marcus Baylor Anna Frick Jennifer Hanson Mike Knobloch^ Ashley Shabankareh^ Jonathan Yip

^Elected or re-elected this year

Bold identifies National Officers

"I'm honored to welcome this amazing group of creatives to our Board of Trustees," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "Our Board’s expertise and dedication to helping music people everywhere has been essential to all we have achieved at the Academy. However, the work never stops, and I look forward to working alongside our new and current Trustees on ways we can continue to provide guidance for our music community." 

“Welcoming our newly elected Trustees is always such an exciting time at the Academy,” said Hurt. “With new ideas to contribute to our Board and the eagerness to helping change music, I have no doubt that together this year’s Board of Trustees will continue our commitment to fostering a diverse and representative music industry.” 

Recording Academy members play a key role in shaping the next generation of the organization's leaders on a local and national level. Each year, the Academy's 12 Chapters' Voting and Professional Members vote in their respective Chapter Board Elections to elect their Chapter's Governors. Of the Trustees that serve on the National Board, eight are elected by Voting and Professional Members of the Academy (four each year) and 30 are elected by the Chapter Boards (15 each year). The remaining four seats are comprised of the National Trustee Officers serving the roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Chair Emeritus, who are currently midterm, and are elected by the Board of Trustees once every two years. All positions on the Board of Trustees are subject to two, two-year term limits. 

View the full list of the Academy's Board of Trustees, Chapter Officers and Academy bylaws.

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard performs at the 2024 Nashville Chapter Block Party.

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Inside The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter's 2024 Block Party, A Tribute To Music City's Thriving Scene

With performances from Carly Pearce, Cory Wong, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Rissi Palmer, Hannah Dasher, and Brittney Spencer, this year's iteration of the Nashville Chapter's summer kickoff celebrated an array of genres and stories.

Recording Academy/May 30, 2024 - 07:30 pm

A swarm of cicadas couldn't keep Recording Academy members from celebrating the beginning of summer on May 20, when the Nashville Chapter held its annual Block Party.

Held at Nashville's 6th & Peabody, the 23rd iteration of the event was another evening of live music and joyful reunions for the Nashville Chapter (which also represents Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina) as well as members from the Memphis Chapter and other markets. Attendees enjoyed food from White Duck Taco Shop and Daddy's Dogs, and libations from Yeehaw Brewing Co, Ole Smoky Moonshine and Music Water, and furthered the camaraderie by helping each other fend off cicadas — whether in the crowd or on the stage. 

The three-hour Block Party was also a celebration of the wide array of talent the Chapter boasts. The lineup offered country, jazz/funk guitar and gospel — along with tunes in between from Nashville favorite DJ Smoke — as well as a mix of independent and major label artists, all of whom had career milestones or GRAMMY memories to share. 

Kicking things off was Brittney Spencer, a rising country star whose acclaim earned her a guest appearance on Beyoncé's COWBOY CARTER earlier this year. Her enchanting five-song set featured tracks from her debut album, My Stupid Life, which arrived in January. 

"Thank you so much to everybody that is here who is helping make artists' dreams come true every day," she said, commending the hard work that goes on in the backend of the industry. "I worked at a label for, like, a month, and I was like, 'Oh my god, no," she added with a laugh. "We appreciate y'all very much."

Independent country artists Hannah Dasher and Rissi Palmer served as emcees as well as performers, each offering two songs. Dasher teased her forthcoming new project, Don't Wanna Be An Outlaw, with its twangy title track, while Palmer celebrated the 2024 re-release of her 2007 track "Country Girl," which she recently issued on her own label.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard brought love and light to the event with her powerful gospel tunes, including "Break Every Chain," the song that won her a GRAMMY for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance in 2014. She shared that she had lost her father just one week before that momentous win ("I was on a mountaintop but I was also in a deep, dark place," she reflected). Yet, as she added, the song has helped people experience breakthroughs, and that was apparent by the impassioned reactions in the crowd.

Shortly after Cory Wong set the sunset vibes with his electric guitar grooves, Carly Pearce closed out the night with a 30-minute set that included her latest single, the Chris Stapleton-featuring "We Don't Fight Anymore," and her GRAMMY-winning hit with Ashley McBryde, "Never Wanted To Be That Girl." As she gushed to the audience, the performance was a full-circle moment in many ways. 

"I moved here 15 years ago because all I wanted to do was sing country music… Any time I play in Nashville I think of that 19-year-old girl with big dreams," she said. "I feel like I've been coming to the GRAMMY Block Party, or, like, aware of it, and wanting to be a part of it for so long, so I'm so grateful to be here."

Pearce stuck around to give hugs to fans and friends before heading out, with many other attendees doing the same as the event wrapped — a sweet sendoff to another celebration of Nashville's thriving, tight-knit musical community. 

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(From left): Susana Behar, Sarah Gordon, Yosef Goldman, and Yoni Battat perform at the Jewish American Heritage Concert from the Nation's Capital on May 15, 2024.

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7 Highlights From The 2024 Jewish American Heritage Concert, An Empowering Celebration Of Music & Community

In partnership with the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Recording Academy spotlighted traditional Jewish music from around the world with a free concert in Washington, D.C.

Recording Academy/May 23, 2024 - 08:19 pm

In the heart of the nation's capital, The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts hosted an extraordinary event to commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). On May 15, the Jewish American Heritage Concert celebrated the delicate blend of cultural Jewish music worldwide, creating a spotlight for the Jewish residents in the DMV area and highlighting performers whose voices are vital to the close-knit community.

In 2006, President George W. Bush declared the month of May to be recognized as JAHM.  Since then, the following presidents have continued to acknowledge the importance of the celebration of JAHM, as well as hundreds of organizations and foundations — so it was both fitting and moving for the concert to take place just down the road from the White House.

Presented by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Recording Academy, the hour-long concert featured Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Susana Behar, Yoni Battat, and Yosef Goldman — representing traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe, Turkey, Cuba, South America, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. Before the performances began, William Deroff, CEO of The Conference of President's of Major Jewish Organizations, rang in the night advocating on behalf of political leaders' continued recognition of JAHM.  

"It is a rare and hearing example of bipartisanships standing across leadership and administration, representing the commitment of this nation to celebrating its Jewish minority," he said. As Deroff asserted, this was a night to rejoice in the power of music: "Tonight we celebrate how far we've come when our government acknowledges and takes seriously the concerns of its Jewish citizens." 

Below, take a look at some of the standout moments from the Jewish American Heritage Concert.

Empowerment Through Education

Along with Deroff's opening remarks, Misha Galperin, President and CEO of The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, spoke on the meaning of the night's mission before the music started. 

Founded in 1976, The Weitzman Museum is at the center of creating and inspiring conversations about the Jewish community. As Galperin acknowledged, the Museum's work celebrates the rich history of the Jewish community and amplifies the voices of the Jewish minority throughout the nation. 

"We are dedicated to informing and educating Americans about American Jewish heritage — about the contributions, and achievements, of Jewish Americans," Galperin said. 

Susana Behar's Enchanting Vocals

Weaving the tale of her own heritage, Susana Behar is a traditional Sephardic and Latin American singer based in Miami. Through her work, she pays homage to her Jewish, Sephardic, and Cuban upbringing. 

Performing an arrangement of Sephardic songs in Alboreá, a flamenco style traditionally sung at Gypsy weddings, and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) songs, Behar's sound created an angelic movement of vocal harmony and mystical wonder.  Praising beauty and love, Bahar's bright energetic set adorned the stage in a sunset ambiance, guiding the love that was filled within the room through family and friends.

She was joined on stage accompanied by a symphony of instruments, but it was truly her voice that filled the room with emotion. "What a better way (to celebrate JAHM) than with music," she declared. 

Beautifully Blended Brass Instruments

The power and aura of brass instruments rang throughout the halls of The Kennedy Center as Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars took center stage. They performed a modern version of melodies written by Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovski and Hasidic Yiddish songwriter Yom Tom Ehrlich.  

London founded the group, bringing a uniquely profound sound of music to the Jewish community. Through the fluidity of sound on stage, it was clear that London's Allstars are truly a family at work. During the performance, the crowd found a sense of delightment, as a group sing-along echoed amongst the walls, and the smiles from the Allstars beamed throughout the building.

The Powerful Sensation Of Sarah Gordon

Powerhouse vocalist Sarah Gordon, lead singer of Yiddish Princess, accompanied London's Allstars throughout the night. Performing a melody from Beregovski, Gordon was able to put a modern spin on the traditional passover game, Who Knows One?

Creating a sharp rock sound, Gordon brought her own flair while still keeping to the traditional original of the music. 

The Heart Of The DMV Community

Impactful moments throughout the Jewish American Heritage Concert were not only highlighted through our speakers and performers, but through the powerful sentiments of its audience members.  

Local D.C. native, Stephanie Husik, was drawn to the event due to its strong message centered around music. When asked about how music can transform communities, she touched upon the emotional impact that music can foster.  

"Music gets at emotion. It taps emotions. I think much more than trying to preach to people, and talk to people, this engages them." Husky followed by stating, "It speaks to people, much better than actually speaking. It taps into feelings."  

Notes From Rabbi Yosef Goldman & Yoni Avi Battat

Rabbi Yosef Goldman intertwines Jewish harmony with prayer, connecting his Mizrahi and Ashekanzi heritage. Performing alongside Yoni Avi Battat, they uplifted and connected Jewish heritage through a blend of a delicate unchained melody.  

"This song is for all of us, Jewish or not. We have a lot of parts and a lot of aspects to our identity that we are all just finding a place for," he said. Battat followed by singing, "From the fragment of my struggle, I can know my own strength."  

Goldman followed Battat's sentiment, speaking on the importance of acknowledging on-going antisemitism in the country: "Every person's suffering is seen and known and has value." The raw and delicate emotion of the performance made it unforgettable, a powerful experience for anyone who had the privilege to witness. 

A Message Withstanding The Test Of Time

As the evening came to a close, all of the astonishing performers took the stage one last time to celebrate the pride of JAHM, and the importance it holds within the community. In beautiful three-part harmony — accompanied by authentic horn instruments — everyone on stage paid tribute to all of their individual roots, performing a melody of various traditional Sephardic, Nigin and Shabbos songs.

Like the final performance showed, the room was filled with profound pride throughout the whole event. It wasn't just a celebration of Jewish heritage through the power of music — it was a celebration of the strength and power of the community as a whole. 

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