The Recording Academy's Black Music Collective Partners With Amazon Music To Award Scholarships For Students At Black Colleges & Universities
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The Recording Academy's Black Music Collective Partners With Amazon Music To Award Scholarships For Students At Black Colleges & Universities

The multi-year scholarship and mentorship program will provide selected students with dynamic networking opportunities and donations of music equipment to HBCU music programs

Recording Academy/Feb 22, 2021 - 08:00 pm

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 the music community, has announced today a new multi-year mentorship and scholarship program in partnership with Amazon Music that will provide select students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) the opportunity to learn all facets of the music industry. Select students will receive scholarships from Amazon Music, the opportunity to meet and network with members of the music industry, including Amazon Music executives and the Black Music Collective, and will accumulate a network of mentors who will help them realize their dreams and bring them to life.

"We are proud that the newly-established Black Music Collective is already making an impact in developing the next generation of Black talent in music and creating a direct pipeline to career opportunities," Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said. "This is a collaborative industry, and we’re incredibly grateful to our partners at Amazon Music for being equally committed to cultivating a more equitable and inclusive music community."

The Black Music Collective will select three students enrolled at an HBCU who will be awarded $10,000 each for a 2021/2022 scholarship and the application process will open in summer 2021. The scholarship recipients will also participate in a two-week immersive rotation program with Amazon Music department leads. Additionally, Amazon Music will provide a $20,000 donation for musical equipment to two HBCU music programs.

"We've teamed up with the Black Music Collective to build this program, and ensure we're taking the steps toward creating an inclusive environment where Black creators can realize their career objectives," Ryan Redington, VP of Music Industry at Amazon Music, said. "We couldn’t have asked for better partners to develop a multi-year commitment with, that will utilize our resources to give students more opportunities to reach their own goals while ushering in a new generation of Black leaders."

More details on the scholarship and mentorship program, including eligibility requirements, will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the Black Music Collective, visit here. Progress and future announcements regarding the Recording Academy's recent initiatives can be found here.

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The Recording Academy Announces Official GRAMMY Week 2021 Events

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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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Watch Rico Love & Akeal Evans Discuss "Your Future Is Now" Scholarship On Instagram Live

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Watch Rico Love & Akeal Evans Discuss "Your Future Is Now" Scholarship On Instagram Live

In a compelling Instagram Live conversation, Rico Love — the Vice Chair of the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees — chats with 2021 "Your Future Is Now" recipient Akeal Evans about this beneficial, BMC-backed scholarship.

Recording Academy/Jun 10, 2022 - 07:08 pm

Back in February 2021, the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC) teamed up with Amazon Music to launch an instructive and impactful scholarship program.

Now, they're gearing up again in 2022. So let this in-depth Instagram Live conversation serve as a reminder that today (Friday, June 10) is the final deadline to apply for the "Your Future Is Now" scholarship program.

If you haven't heard of it before, "Your Future Is Now" aims to provide mentorship opportunities and donations to HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) students and music programs.

The scholarship program offers select students currently enrolled at a HBCU networking opportunities with esteemed members of the music industry, including an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy department leads, providing each student a detailed look at their particular field of work within the music industry.

In the above video, Rico Love, the Vice Chair of the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees, and 2021 "Your Future Is Now" recipient Akeal Evans discuss the merits of this beneficial, BMC-backed initiative.

All applicants must submit a current and complete grades transcript, a personal statement, a creative video showing their creativity, and one online recommendation.

Don't delay — if the conversation above interests you, visit the "Your Future Is Now" scholarship program page to apply for this soul-strengthening scholarship.

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

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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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WATCH: Atlantic Records' Senior Engineer Ebonie Smith Walks Through The Recording Process, Shares Studio Advice In GRAMMY U Masterclass

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WATCH: Atlantic Records' Senior Engineer Ebonie Smith Walks Through The Recording Process, Shares Studio Advice In GRAMMY U Masterclass

With the help of Memphis duo the PRVLG, made up of Christopher and Christian Underwood, a former GRAMMY U member, Ebonie Smith gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process

Membership/Jul 1, 2021 - 03:31 am

In her GRAMMY U Masterclass, sponsored by Mastercard, Ebonie Smith walked through some of the engineering dos and don’ts when recording in the studio. The senior producer and engineer at Atlantic Records in New York went through her considerations when recording, including choosing certain types of cymbals for drums and preparing a room for recording. She also spoke about mic selections and placements for capturing quality sound.

With the help of Memphis duo the PRVLG, made up of Christopher and Christian Underwood, a former GRAMMY U member, Smith gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.

Watch the video above to learn studio recording tips and advice directly from Ebonie Smith.

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