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Recording Academy's Black Music Collective And Amazon Music Select "Your Future Is Now" 2022 Scholarship Recipients
Four students across four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive $10,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to participate in an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy leaders.
The Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC) and partner Amazon Music have selected Jayden Ahmad Potts (Jackson State University), Amir Duke (Morehouse College), Jasmine Gordon (Spelman College), and Zsana Hoskins (Howard University) as the recipients of the "Your Future Is Now" scholarship, which provides students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the opportunity to learn and explore all facets of the music industry.
Launched in February 2021, the returning scholarship offers students the chance to receive $10,000 for the 2022/2023 school year and the opportunity to participate in 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. To coincide with these scholarships, the BMC and Amazon Music will also award two HBCUs a $10,000 grant each for equipment for their music programs to be announced later this summer.
"As part of our commitment to advance Black music, we've created another opportunity for Black rising talent to enter the world of music and entertainment with the second annual 'Your Future Is Now' scholarship," Ryan Butler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Recording Academy, said. "We're honored to work with Amazon Music to lay the foundation for Amir, Jasmine, Jayden, and Zsana's music industry career goals."
This diverse group of students represents four schools, four stages of their higher education journey, and four different areas of interest in the music industry. Ahmad Potts is a freshman at Jackson State University interested in sound engineering and producing; Duke is a senior at Morehouse College interested in management and A&R; Gordon is a sophomore at Spelman College interested in music marketing; and Hoskins is a junior at Howard University interested in music journalism and programming.
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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
The Recording Academy
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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.
GRAMMY trophies at the 59th GRAMMY Awards in 2017
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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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.