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The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter's GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead event

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GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead: How The Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter Celebrated Its 60-Year Anniversary With The City's Beloved Artists

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter hosted GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead, a free concert with special performances from some of the city's finest musical acts, including Jamila Woods, Eighth Blackbird and others

Membership/Oct 29, 2021 - 11:42 pm

Last month (Sept. 16), the Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter, in collaboration with the city of Chicago, celebrated its 60-year anniversary with GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead, a star-studded concert at Millennium Park. Serving as the final concert of the Millennium Park Summer Series, the Chicago Chapter's 60-year commemoration featured performances from some of the city's finest musical acts, including co-headliners Jamila Woods and four-time GRAMMY winners Eighth Blackbird with guest appearances from former Chapter President and poet J. Ivy, GRAMMY winner Karim Sulayman, singer Tarrey Torae, and a special performance by pop duo Valebol.

Watch an uplifting recap of and view photos from the GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead celebration below.

GRAMMY Legacies And Looking Ahead was the culmination of a year-long celebration of Midwest music creators. For more 60th anniversary content that celebrates multiple cities and genres, visit the Chicago Chapter page.

Founded in July 1961, the Chicago Chapter is the Recording Academy's third-longest-running Chapter. Despite its name, the Chicago Chapter represents artists and music industry professionals from all across the Midwest, including Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

(L-R) J. Ivy and Eighth Blackbird | Photo: Jeff Schear

Valebol | Photo: Daniel Boczarski

Jamila Woods | Photo: Daniel Boczarski

For the past 60 years, the Recording Academy's Chicago Chapter has recognized and celebrated the creative accomplishments of our members across the Midwest, fought for their collective rights, and supported them in times of need. We are proud of our legacies and excited to continue looking ahead. Here's to the next 60.

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The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs is now open.

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How To Submit Your Music For The 2025 GRAMMYs: Deadlines & Webinars, GRAMMY Nominations & Voting Process, And More

The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs is now open. Submit your music and releases now for consideration at the 2025 GRAMMYs.

Recording Academy/Jul 17, 2024 - 06:13 pm

The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs has opened today. The Online Entry Process is the window in which all recordings, videos, and more are submitted for consideration to be included on the ballot at the 2025 GRAMMY Awards, officially known as the 67th GRAMMY Awards.

As the official kickoff to the upcoming GRAMMY season, the 2025 GRAMMYs Online Entry Process runs from today (Wednesday, July 17) through Friday, Aug. 30. All Recording Academy Members and Media Companies must submit their eligible recordings and releases for GRAMMY consideration during this period, regardless of the public release date.

The 2025 GRAMMYs will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, live at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Nominations for the 2025 GRAMMYs will be announced Friday, Nov. 8, 2024.

For those looking to submit their music and works for GRAMMY consideration at the upcoming 2025 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy has produced this helpful guide explaining the process and upcoming deadlines.

What is the Online Entry Process and how does it work?

Marking the first step toward participating in the GRAMMY Awards process every year, the annual Online Entry Process is the period when registered Media Companies and Recording Academy Members (both Voting and Professional Members) can submit music and works for GRAMMY consideration at the 2025 GRAMMYs.

While the total amount of entries varies each year, the Recording Academy can receive more than 20,000 eligible entries during a GRAMMY season. Once we receive submissions, each entry is individually and manually vetted by a member of the Recording Academy's Awards staff to determine its eligibility.

After submissions are received during the Online Entry Process, the Recording Academy's Voting Members vote on said submissions across two GRAMMY voting rounds: First Round Voting determines the nominees for the majority of the categories at the annual GRAMMY Awards, while Final Round Voting determines the ultimate GRAMMY winners.

The full participation in our annual GRAMMY Awards process — from the Online Entry Period to Final Round Voting — on behalf of the Recording Academy's Membership and the music industry at large is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the GRAMMY Awards, music's only peer-voted honor.

Who can submit entries during the Online Entry Process?

Only registered Media Companies and Recording Academy members (Voting and Professional) can make submissions for GRAMMY consideration through the Online Entry Process.

The Recording Academy defines a media company as a legitimate business entity whose core business function is to create, aggregate and promote audio and/or video content for multiple artists for commercial purposes, and that must have verifiable product in national U.S. commercial distribution on our approved streaming platforms within the current eligibility period. It cannot just be an imprint in name only for a single or small number of artists.

When does Media Company registration open?

Media Company Registration for the 2025 GRAMMYs is open now and closes August 23 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. Existing or new Media Companies may register here. Media Companies will receive further information by email pending registration approval. Reference the Online Entry Process resources for more information.

When does the Online Entry Process open?

The Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs opens today (Wednesday, July 17) and closes Friday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

IMPORTANT: There is only one round in which to make entries during the Online Entry Process. We encourage everyone to submit their entries as early as possible so that the Recording Academy's Awards team can assist with any questions in a timely manner. If a recording is not formally submitted, it cannot be considered for a GRAMMY Award or a GRAMMY nomination.

What is the eligibility period for submissions for the 2025 GRAMMYs?

The eligibility period for the 2025 GRAMMYs is for recordings released Sept. 16, 2023, through Aug. 30, 2024. All releases must be available for sale, via general distribution, to the public by this date and through at least the date of the current year's voting deadline (final ballot) to be eligible for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards.

How do I submit recordings and releases for the 2025 GRAMMYs as a Recording Academy member?

  1. Recording Academy members, follow these steps to submit your music and releases during the Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

  2. Log in to your Recording Academy Member dashboard and find the Submit To Online Entry Process button on the left side of your dashboard

  3. Once logged in, please review the provided resource documents and begin making your entries

  4. Make sure you submit your entries by the deadline: Friday, Aug. 30, by 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET

How do I submit recordings and releases for the 2025 GRAMMYs as a registered Media Company?

  1. Registered Media Companies, follow these steps to submit your music and releases during the Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

  2. Visit the Entry Process & Registration Updates Page

  3. Click MAKE ENTRIES HERE (will direct you to entry site)

  4. Select MEDIA COMPANY LOGIN 

  5. Once logged in, please review the resource documents and begin making your entries

  6. Make sure you submit your entries by the deadline: Friday, Aug. 30, by 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Who can vote for the 2025 GRAMMYs?

Each year, GRAMMY winners and GRAMMY nominees are determined as voted by the Recording Academy's Voting membership, which is composed of music creators, including artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers. Registered Companies are not permitted to vote in the GRAMMY Awards process.

Learn more about our GRAMMY Awards voting process and the full GRAMMY Awards process.

2025 GRAMMY Awards key dates:

Here is a list of all the key dates for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

Sept. 16, 2023 – Aug. 30, 2024
Product Eligibility Period
The period by which recordings are submitted for GRAMMY consideration. All releases must be available for sale, via general distribution, to the public by this date and through at least the date of the current year's voting deadline (final ballot) to be eligible for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards.

July 8, 2024 – Aug. 23, 2024
Media Company Registration Period
Media companies must apply for registration with the Recording Academy to submit recordings.

July 17, 2024 – Aug. 30, 2024
Online Entry Period
All eligible recordings must be entered prior to the close of the Online Entry Period, regardless of the public release date.

Oct. 4, 2024 – Oct. 15, 2024
First Round Voting
First Round Voting determines all the GRAMMY nominees for each GRAMMY Awards year.

Nov. 8, 2024
Nominees Announced for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards
Announcing the official nominees list for the 2025 GRAMMYs.

Dec. 12, 2024 – Jan. 3, 2025
Final Round Voting
Determines the GRAMMY winners across all categories revealed on GRAMMY night.

Feb. 2, 2025
2025 GRAMMY Awards
Music's Biggest Night, recognizing excellence in the recording arts and sciences.

Upcoming Informational Webinars & Additional Resources

To ensure a seamless experience for our members, the Recording Academy's Awards team is hosting a live demo of the Online Entry Process and a tour of the new entry site on Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Register for the webinar now.

As well, the entry site has many helpful resources, including the 2025 GRAMMYs Category Description Guide, GRAMMY Guidelines and Definitions, Entering Tips, FAQ, and other documents that further explain how to successfully make your entries.

For additional support, reach out to the following resources:

877.637.6816 (Awards Helpline)
onlineentry@grammy.com

Early Entry Pricing

Recording Academy members can enjoy five courtesy entries for the Online Entry Process. After this, members can take advantage of Early Entry Pricing through Wednesday, July 31, where each additional entry will cost $40 per entry.

Registered Media Companies can take advantage of Early Entry Pricing through Wednesday, July 31, where each entry will cost $65. After this date, entry fees will increase.

For more information about the 2025 GRAMMY Awards season, learn more about the annual GRAMMY Awards processread our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, view the official GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines, and visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

Latest Recording Academy News & Initiatives

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2024 New Member Class: Music Creators & Industry Professionals React To Their Membership Invites On Social Media: “This Is Huge For Me And My People!”

The newly invited members took to social media to share their reactions to being invited to join the Recording Academy. The 2024 New Member Class invitees embody the Academy's dedication to mirroring the diverse and dynamic music industry landscape.

Recording Academy/Jun 28, 2024 - 10:50 pm

The Recording Academy, the organization behind the annual GRAMMY Awards, has proudly extended membership invitations to more than 3,900 music creators and industry professionals this week to join its 2024 New Member Class. 

The 2024 New Member Class, which exemplifies the Academy's commitment to reflecting today's diverse and dynamic music industry landscape, represents a significant step towards inclusivity and representation within the music industry. This year's 2024 class of invitees is 45% women, 57% people of color and 47% under the age of 40. With these new member invitees, the Recording Academy is on track to achieve its goal of adding 2,500 women Voting Members by 2025, reaching this milestone a year ahead of schedule. 

The deadline for accepting these invitations, and thus engaging in the full process for the 2025 GRAMMYs, is Wednesday, July 31. 2024 New Member Class invitees are encouraged to join our newly launched New Member Class broadcast channel to learn more about the Recording Academy and membership-related updates.

These invitations offer each potential new member an opportunity to power the Recording Academy's mission of cultivating the well-being of the music community, celebrating artistic excellence in the recording arts, advocating for creators' rights, investing in music's future through the GRAMMY Museum, and supporting music people in times of need through MusiCares.

The Recording Academy's membership invitation process is community-driven and peer-reviewed annually, focusing on two types of membership: Voting Membership for music creators and Professional Membership for music business professionals. Interested musicians and professionals must apply for membership by March 1 each year, and if approved by a peer review panel, they are invited to join the Recording Academy. (GRAMMY U is the third type of Academy membership and follows a distinct application process.)

To celebrate this milestone, many of the newly invited members have taken to social media to express their excitement and gratitude. Here are some highlights:

For more information about the 2025 GRAMMY Awards season, learn more about the annual GRAMMY Awards process, read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, view the official GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines, and visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

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Recording Academy Proudly Invites More Than 3,900 Music Creators & Industry Professionals To Join Its 2024 New Member Class

The newly invited members exemplify the Recording Academy's dedication to reflecting today's diverse and dynamic music industry landscape. The deadline to accept invitations to engage in the full process for the 2025 GRAMMYs is Wednesday, July 31.

Recording Academy/Jun 26, 2024 - 02:57 pm

The Recording Academy today extended membership invitations to more than 3,900 established music professionals spanning diverse backgrounds, genres and disciplines. Underscoring the Academy's commitment to inclusivity and representation within the music industry, the 2024 New Member Class of invitees is 45% women, 57% people of color and 47% under the age of 40. With this year's new member invitees, the Recording Academy is on track to achieve its goal of adding 2,500 women Voting Members by 2025; the Academy is set to achieve this milestone later this year, one year ahead of schedule

A comprehensive report on the Recording Academy's 2024 New Member Class, along with a detailed breakdown of the overall membership demographics and crafts, will be released later this year following the deadline for 2024 invitees to join the Academy. See the 2023 New Member Class and overall membership update.

New member invitations must be formally accepted by invitees by Wednesday, July 31, for recipients to become Recording Academy members and participate in the Online Entry Process (OEP) for the upcoming 2025 GRAMMYs, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, live at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Through OEP, members can submit recordings, music videos and other eligible content for GRAMMY Award consideration. Individuals invited as Voting Members who accept their invitations are eligible to vote for the GRAMMY Awards, with the first voting ballot opening on Friday, Oct. 4, and closing on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Learn more about some of the key updates set to go into effect at the 2025 GRAMMY Awards, officially known as the 67th GRAMMY Awards, including adjustments to eligibility criteria, Category renaming, submission guidelines updates, and more.

The invitations extended today offer each potential new member an opportunity to power the Recording Academy's mission of cultivating the well-being of the music community, celebrating artistic excellence in the recording arts, advocating for human creators' rights, investing in music's future through the GRAMMY Museum, and supporting music people in times of need through MusiCares. Recording Academy Voting Members — made up of artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers active in the music industry — are eligible to vote for the annual GRAMMY Awards, ultimately determining the outcomes on Music's Biggest Night and shaping music history.

The Recording Academy's membership invitation process is community-driven and peer-reviewed annually, focusing on two types of membership: Voting Membership for music creators and Professional Membership for music business professionals. (GRAMMY U is the third type of Academy membership and follows a distinct application process.)

Each year, interested musicians and professionals must apply for membership by March 1. Their submissions are reviewed in the spring by a peer review panel composed of existing Recording Academy members active in the music industry. If approved, candidates are invited to join the Recording Academy.

2024 New Member Class invitees and those interested in Recording Academy membership are encouraged to join our newly launched New Member Class broadcast channel to learn more about the Recording Academy and membership-related updates.

Learn more about the Recording Academy's membership and membership requirements. Read our Membership Resource Guide to learn more about the Recording Academy, its affiliates, and our membership and advocacy efforts.

Watch the Recording Academy's Kelley Purcell, Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations, and Ashley Thomas, Sr. Director of Member Outreach & Systems, welcome the 2024 New Member Class invitees in the video below.

"There's no better way to kick off GRAMMY season than by inviting thousands of diverse and talented music creators and professionals to join our Recording Academy family," Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said. "Our members are the heart of the Academy, driving our mission to make lasting, positive impacts on the music community and shape music history. We are hopeful that all 3,900+ invitees join us in serving, celebrating and championing the voices of music creators year-round."

Among the invitees celebrating this career milestone today are Grupo Frontera, Natanael Cano, Tanner Adell, Teddy Swims, and Ashnikko, who expressed their excitement:

Grupo Frontera: "We are excited to join the Recording Academy as new members this year. We have been so blessed to be accepted into the music industry with open arms in the short time that we have had, and joining this community filled with the best of the best music has to offer is an honor." 

Natanael Cano: "I've been a lover of music since I was a kid, and it has influenced me so much in my life. God gave me the gift of making music and getting to do what I love. Even though it's been in a genre that has been so controversial, and I'm so excited that I was asked to join the Academy along with some of my peers. ¡Puros corridos tumbados!"

Tanner Adell: "So excited to say I am in the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs 2024 New Member Class. This year has been full of checking things off my bucket list, and this is definitely one of them! Couldn't be more honored to join this incredible roster and advocate for music and my fellow creators."

Teddy Swims: "I am truly humbled to be invited into the Recording Academy. It is an honor to be a part of something that so many of my heroes have belonged to."  

Ashnikko: "It is an honor to become a member of the Recording Academy. I am so grateful to be a musician in such an exciting era of music. It is an incredibly inspiring time. To be able to have a hand in nominating some of my favorite artists that are shaping culture right now feels very special."

See below for additional quotes from more 2024 New Member Class invitees:

310babii: "I am honored to be a part of the Recording Academy New Member Class alongside my peers to help contribute to the future of music and represent the youth. Together we will play a vital role in shaping the music industry and advocating for creators of all ages."

Flavour: "Good news, people! We just gained a spot in the Recording Academy! I'm excited to make valuable contributions to an organization that supports artistic excellence and advocates for the rights and recognition of music professionals."

Flyana Boss: "We were both part of GRAMMY U, which was a huge catalyst for us as young musicians. And now that we have an opportunity to open doors for other young creative people, we're very excited to see where this takes us. We're leaving the door open. So, come in!"

GAWD: "We are absolutely elated to announce that THE GIRLS are now voting members of the Recording Academy! It is our mission to be a force within the system that champions authenticity and innovation above all else. We can't wait to serve and participate in such a SUPREME community and organization!"

girl in red: "I'm super excited about being a member. I just wanna keep making sick music, meet other musicians, and make music forever. Hopefully I can do that now as a member of The Recording Academy."

Frank Iero of L.S. Dunes and My Chemical Romance: "I couldn't be more honored and excited to join the 2024 Recording Academy/GRAMMYs New Member Class. My entire life I have watched the awards and longed to be a part of such an esteemed and prestigious group of performers. I look forward to participating in the process, advocating for my fellow artists and musicians, and also being there to represent Rock as an enduring genre within the Academy."

Jay Wheeler: "I'm honored to become part of the 2023 New Members Class of the Recording Academy. I was born in Puerto Rico and have been recording music for years. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to join other members and music creators in celebrating, representing, and advocating for our music year-round."

Kaash Paige: "Being invited to join the Recording Academy is more than just a milestone—it's a profound honor that recognizes my journey, my passion, and my dedication to the craft. It signifies that my voice, my art, and my story have resonated in ways that truly matter."

Raja Kumari: "Growing up in America it was rare to see South Asian representation. I dreamed of one day seeing my culture represented at the GRAMMYs. Becoming a member of the Recording Academy is an incredible honor and I look forward to using my voice to empower and represent my community."

Charm La'Donna: "As a choreographer, becoming a new member of the Recording Academy is an immense honor and a profound privilege. This opportunity allows me to contribute to a beautiful legacy that champions artistic excellence. I am deeply grateful for this recognition and excited to collaborate with such a distinguished community dedicated to celebrating and sustaining the creative spirit."

Al Sherrod Lambert: "Growing up, the GRAMMY Awards meant so much to me. It represented the best of the best in music and became a dream goal for myself and so many other young aspiring musicians around the world. Being nominated for a GRAMMY in 2014 was a dream come true and I am beyond excited to join the academy as a voting member! I love that I, a kid from Newark, NJ will be a part of deciding who will win these iconic awards."

Xavier Omär: "Becoming a member of the Recording Academy means more than I can describe. The chance to advocate for artists who excel in their craft as well as call them peers is something you grow up dreaming of. For that to be a reality means the world to me."

Sech: "I'm thrilled to share that I am now part of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs 2024 New Member Class. It's an honor to join a community of dedicated creators and professionals who are passionate about celebrating, representing and advocating for Latin music throughout the year."

Leon Thomas: "I'm genuinely excited to be involved in pushing the mission forward because even being involved with the advocacy aspect of the GRAMMYs has been amazing. Going out to D.C. and advocating on behalf of creatives was a really big opportunity for me. It's a lot of work, 365 days a year, that goes into helping push excellence throughout the music industry. So, I'm really excited to be involved and hopefully continue to help as well."

Ronnie Winter of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus" "Greetings! I am honored to be a part of this year's class, excited to be the new Emo Ambassador and look forward to being a part of the family."

For more information about the 2025 GRAMMY Awards season, learn more about the annual GRAMMY Awards process, read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, view the official GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines, and visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

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Stay Connected To The Recording Academy With The My Academy Hub App: Access Key Deadlines, View Membership Information, Browse Official Academy Events & More

My Academy Hub is the official app for members of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy. This app allows you to easily access your membership information, key GRAMMY deadlines, and many other essential resources.

Recording Academy/Apr 5, 2024 - 12:19 am

The Recording Academy is thrilled to announce the launch of the My Academy Hub mobile app, the official app for members of the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy. Enabling easy access to all your membership information and key resources, the My Academy Hub app is the ultimate tool for managing your Academy membership from anywhere, anytime — right at your fingertips. Plus, the app is the best way to stay connected to your Academy community. 

Download the My Academy Hub app in the App Store and Google Play.

Benefits of the My Academy Hub app include:

  • Receive Timely Notices: Stay up-to-date on important alerts and news from the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

  • Access Key Deadlines: Never miss a deadline for GRAMMYs submissions, GRAMMY voting, or other important events.

  • View Your Membership Details: View your membership status, type, expiration date, and more.

  • Browse Your Benefits: Access exclusive discounts, member perks, and more member benefits right from the app.

  • Events: Browse and register for upcoming Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy official events.

Your in-app journey will be tailored to reflect your affiliation with either the Recording Academy or the Latin Recording Academy. In the case of dual membership, the default view will be the Recording Academy dashboard, with the flexibility to seamlessly switch to the Latin Recording Academy dashboard as needed. The Latin Recording Academy experience supports English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The My Academy Hub app also brings the Recording Academy dashboard right to your fingertips and triggers push notifications announcing the latest Recording Academy news and updates, including key deadlines and updates to the GRAMMY Awards process. You can also update your Academy member information seamlessly and keep your privacy safe via a biometric login.

Plus, keep an eye out for product function updates. 

Download the My Academy Hub app at the App Store and Google Play today to stay connected to your community at the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

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