Meet Some Of The Music Industry Leaders Who Just Joined The Recording Academy's 2022 New Member Class
(Top Row, L-R): Byron Wright, Doug Hall, Patsy Dolan Bouressa, Rachel Wein, Stephanie Hernandez | (Bottom Row, L-R): Stephanie Guerrero, Jacqueline Mackey, Patrick Buchta, Dr. Glyne A. Griffith II, Macy Schmidt, John Gomez

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Meet Some Of The Music Industry Leaders Who Just Joined The Recording Academy's 2022 New Member Class

The Recording Academy has proudly welcomed a new membership class for 2022. Learn more about what inspired new members of the Recording Academy to join the organization in their individual commitments to supporting the broader music community.

Recording Academy/Sep 30, 2022 - 04:09 pm

Championing its mission of celebrating and empowering the music community, ​​the Recording Academy is proud to welcome its new membership class for 2022. The Academy's latest class, which is composed of nearly 2,000 music professionals, marks another step toward supporting diverse voices in the music industry.

The 2022 New Member Class marks four years since the Recording Academy transitioned to a community-driven and peer-reviewed annual cycle to create a more diverse and engaged membership base representative of the evolving musical landscape.  This new model, first implemented in 2019, has already produced positive results: The number of women members, as well as people from traditionally underrepresented communities, has increased by 19% and 38%, respectively. Of the 2022 New Member Class, 44% are from traditionally underrepresented communities; 32% are women; and 16% are nonbinary individuals or opted not to disclose how they identify. Learn more about the complete statistics surrounding the demographics of the Recording Academy's 2022 New Member Class.

In its ongoing prioritization of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Recording Academy continues to build and uphold spaces honoring service to and creativity in music and culture. The Academy's 2022 New Member Class, which welcomes music industry leaders ranging from artists to directors to publicists, dedicates itself to supporting the future of the music community.

To celebrate the 2022 New Member Class, GRAMMY.com is highlighting 21 new, enterprising professional members of the Recording Academy to learn more about what inspired them to join the organization.

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Patrick Buchta. Photo: Todd Wolfson

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

Patrick Buchta | CEO, Austin Texas Musicians

I've been inspired by the Recording Academy's long-standing commitment to championing the rights of artists. As host to a nationwide community of musicians, membership presents endless opportunities to elevate one's career.

Bianca Marie Champagne | Vice President, Top Stop Music 

What inspired me to become a Recording Academy member is the fact that they are such a prestigious and well-rounded organization — an organization that also takes the time to keep giving back to new generations. The Recording Academy is an organization that the industry and the world take very seriously and believe in them. I want to continue working together with the organization to give back to the generations to come.

Stephanie Guerrero | Founder/CEO, Goat for Mars, LLC

I was a GRAMMY U member as a college student and have worked in the music industry ever since I graduated. I have actually become close to my local Chapter members who encouraged me to join since they saw my work in the Web3 space and also with diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Byron Wright | Executive Director, Creative-Atlanta, BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)

I just felt the need to get involved and become active, especially here in my hometown of Atlanta. I want to be a part of helping the next generation of creatives and execs reach their goals just as I have done.

Connect with Byron on Instagram.

What are you most looking forward to doing as a member of the Recording Academy and why?

Jesus Gonzales | Vice President, Creative — Latin, BMI

I'm most looking forward to joining the leading community of music professionals and doing just that … building the community.

Connect with Jesus on Instagram and Twitter.

Jacqueline Lee Mackey | Special Projects Manager, Juice Consulting

As an official Recording Academy member, I look forward to exploring how I can connect with, educate and advocate for a vibrant and healthy music community. Music plays an integral part in fostering creativity, and I want to do my part to ensure that everyone that loves music has the support and space to create.

Connect with Jacqueline on Instagram.

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Jesus Trivino. Photo: Eric Espino

Jesus Trivino | Senior Director, Global Latin, TIDAL

I'm looking forward to being part of the change the Academy has enacted in the past few years. With my years of expertise in multicultural media, I'm bringing my sixth sense of talent finding to the Academy. Keep your ears open — there is so much more talent than you think. You just have to listen. Cheers to more inclusion, more diversity, more of everything. 

Connect with Jesus on Instagram.

Rachel Wein | A&R Manager, Prescription Songs

While it is a massive honor to be included in the Recording Academy amongst legendary creatives, I am genuinely most excited to connect with other new members of this year's incoming class. I always advise my songwriters, "Don't just look up and down when forming new connections; look left and right." I hope my peers and I can challenge each other, grow with one another, and ultimately bring fresh perspectives to an already incredible organization.

Connect with Rachel on Instagram.

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Patsy Dolan Bouressa. Photo: Todd Wolfson

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you?

Patsy Dolan Bouressa | Executive Director, SIMS Foundation

I consider this membership an opportunity to lend my voice as a behavioral healthcare professional to educate the community about behavioral healthcare issues and to break down the stigma associated with these issues that often keep people suffering in silence.

Dr. Glyne A. Griffith II | Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, SiriusXM/Pandora/Stitcher

It means everything. I am beyond thrilled to be a member of the Recording Academy. Music has been a consistent theme throughout my entire life. I have experience in various aspects of the music industry, including performance as a musician and a vocalist, songwriting, performing rights, artist management, PR, production, distribution, and label operations. My doctoral dissertation was even rooted in the music industry. I love the music industry and believe in the power of music to inspire, educate, unify, heal, and entertain. Being a member of this extraordinary community of music enthusiasts and advocates is truly an honor.

Connect with Glyne on Linkedin.

Stephanie Hernandez | Director of Marketing and Communications, Frost School of Music

I know how important representation is. As a woman and a Latina, I can say that seeing others who look like us makes a difference and is already a huge step in the right direction. Becoming a member of the Recording Academy is a great honor and a great responsibility for me. It means everything to join this music community and continue supporting those underrepresented communities, showing that it is possible for them, too, to have a voice.

Connect with Stephanie on Instagram.

Macy Schmidt | Orchestrator, Music Director, and Founder/CEO, The Broadway Sinfonietta

To me, being a member of the Recording Academy means recognizing each of our roles in the greater music community —remembering that we are each a small part of a greater whole.

Connect with Macy on Instagram.

Doug Hall | Founder/CEO, Publicist, Big Feat PR

It is a chance to advocate for musicians and effect positive change within the music industry and be a part of the biggest conversations in music.

Why is being a Recording Academy member important?

Omar E. Lozano | Director of Music Marketing, Visit Austin

The Recording Academy has long been the gold standard for recorded music, and in seeing the great changes within the organization and diverse leadership, I know the Academy will continue this mission in supporting creators, musicians and music professionals.

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Kim Noltemy. Photo: Sylvia Elzafon

Kim Noltemy | Ross Perot President & CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Being a member provides music industry members the opportunity to influence the landscape of recorded music, and that landscape is changing every day. Members have access to thought leaders and can discuss and recommend ways for recorded music to continue to be part of people's daily lives.

Connect with Kim on Instagram.

Stephanie Valcarcel | President, Tribl Records & Maverick City Music/a

As the first Latin American woman to serve as the president of a gender-blending, inspirational music label, my mission is to continuously drive collaboration among genres that transcends language and culture and gives a voice to an oftentimes underrepresented genre. It was important for me to join the Academy and continue to do that here.

 

How are you going to drive progress at the Recording Academy?

Sarah Avrin | Vice President, Media Relations – Girlie Action Media

There is always room for improvement, education and growth. Joining the Recording Academy is exciting to me because I can help push along positive change and opportunities to the overlooked.

Lucas Canzona | CEO, Fairwin

Change begins from within; listening, learning, and moving methodically will allow us to shape a modern organization that represents the true industry.

Cindy Doucet aka "Supa Cindy" | Media Personality - 99 Jamz / Cin D. Media

I am going to drive change by speaking out about the great things that the Recording Academy is involved with and to let the artists that always talk about the GRAMMYs but are not involved, get involved!

Connect with Cindy on Instagram and Twitter.

John Gomez | Talent / Entrepreneurial Manager for talent in Sport, Entertainment, Music and Drama - Gomez or Go Home Entertainment

Having been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, working with rock and roll hall of famers, GRAMMY winners, many multiplatinum-selling artists in various genres, and professional athletes, I've acquired a vast knowledge of how this industry ticks. I'd like to help inspire and empower the next generation of entertainment industry professionals and help to create a supportive community for all creators in music and entertainment, providing the tools, knowledge and support to further their careers.

Marysabel Elena Huston-Crespo | Producer/Writer at CNNE.com, Co-host/Co-producer at CNN en Español's Zona Pop CNN

I hope I'm able to inspire fellow Latinx music journalists to join the Academy and to understand the importance of taking up spaces and being represented.

Connect with Marysabel on Instagram and Twitter.

How The Recording Academy's 2022 New Membership Class Reflects Its Ongoing Commitment To Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Statement From Harvey Mason jr., The Recording Academy CEO

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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

Membership/Nov 26, 2021 - 02:49 am

"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

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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

Recording Academy/Feb 16, 2018 - 01:16 am

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.

Respectfully,

The Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Trustees
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy Appoints David Gregory To Chief Information Officer
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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

Membership/Oct 15, 2021 - 05:00 pm

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.

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Black Music Collective Podcast: Watch Ledisi Discuss Her Journey In Music As An Independent Artist

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

Recording Academy/Jul 16, 2021 - 04:00 am

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.

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