Here's What Went Down At The Recording Academy's New York Chapter GRAMMY Career Day
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Here's What Went Down At The Recording Academy's New York Chapter GRAMMY Career Day

At the Recording Academy's New York Chapter, students received a crash course in not just surviving, but thriving, in the music industry.

Recording Academy/Oct 31, 2023 - 08:21 pm

On Oct. 24, the world' s leading society of music people laid some precious knowledge on students. At a career day held in partnership with The Hartt School of Music, Dance & Theater at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, young professionals attended an array of topical sessions featuring movers and shakers from across the music industry.

By the end of the day, they had learned how they can put roots down in a complicated, ever-shifting industry landscape — and not only grow, but flourish.

After welcome remarks by Nick Cucci, Sr. Executive Director of the Recording Academy' s New York Chapter, Cucci sat down with Dani Friedman, the hospitality coordinator for seven-time GRAMMY winners and 34-time nominees Coldplay.

Therein, Friedmani discussed how she got her start in the industry, as a former GRAMMY U Rep and an intern at "Saturday Night Live." She elaborated on how all of those experiences set her up for success as she embarked on her career.

Friedman also discussed the importance of establishing and maintaining connections within the industry as a person just getting their start. She also discussed how to position internship connections to make the most out of those relationships after they graduate.

"As someone who came into this world without any connections or guidance on how to get started, I think programs such as GRAMMY Career Day are invaluable to both high school and college students alike," Friedman says. "It' s so important to share resources available to them and I am so happy to be able to give back already at such an early point in my career."

Afterward, schools attended two out of three topical sessions:

The first was titled "Navigating the Music Industry: Recording Contracts, Publishing & Royalties." This session featured Lee Dannay, Head of A&R at Thirty Tigers and Michael Goldstone, owner of Mom + Pop Music. Students heard from Dannay and Goldstone about how important contracts are in the musical cog.

"We too, started out as high school students with a passion for music and dreams of working in the industry," Dannay said after the event, adding that the career day session "instilled a level of enthusiasm and confidence in the students that will be invaluable to them going forward."

During their panel session, the pair discussed what it means to be paid royalties for the music one creates. They also gave students a bird' s eye view of major and indie label experiences, touching on the differing structure in each environment. Their key advice? Beware of the words "in perpetuity" — and balance your job with hobbies and passions outside of work.

The second was dubbed "Empowering Artists: Artist Representation and the Live Music Experience." This discussion featured GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer/songwriter Nicole Zuraitis; and Kristina Latino, Owner, Cornerscape Artist Management.

During this session, students learned all the nuances of representing artists — how to shop them, prepare  to leverage their brand, and navigate the industry independently or with the partnership of a major label.

They also conversed about going to college versus jumping right into music, as well as the value of education and the unique opportunity that exists in the music industry to explore both paths concurrently. For example, as they posited, an English class will teach you the power of words — and those words can change the way you write a song. 

The third session was "The Musical Landscape: Digital Marketing & The Power of Social Media," which featured the participation of Jeanine McLean, President of MBK Entertainment, Inc. and Tone Stith, Artist/Songwriter (Chris Brown, H.E.R., Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign).

McLean and Stith spoke with students about digital marketing, the power of social media, and how those tools are used to create and leverage a creative' s brand identity.

As a singer/songwriter himself, Stith spoke to students about how he has used TikTok campaigns to showcase songs, engaging his fan base through social media. From the business side, McLean discussed utilizing new media as a branding tool. She explained how her team works with artists like Tone to leverage platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook to build a brand.  

"Speaking with the students in an intimate setting was very effective because it allowed our time together to be very conversational," Stith says. "I was able to share my journey of being a signed artist and singer/songwriter, they were able to ask me questions and I was able to ask them questions about their career goals and dreams. We talked, laughed and it was awesome because there was a lot of talent in the room, so I took out my guitar and we had a mini jam session!"

The day ended with a group session called "Internships: What are they and why are they important? with Marcus X. Thomas, Esq, Chair, Music and Performing Arts Management, The Hartt School, University of Hartford — as well as Chadae Bowler, Marketing Professional at TIDAL.

Thomas and Bowler spoke to students about the aspects of an internship and the opportunities that an internship can provide for college students. As Chadae said, internships are the "entry point to learning about the system." Students were able to ask questions and get a feel for how they can use internships to explore any industry.  

All in all, the day was a smashing success — and these participants offered testimonials.

Said Thomas: "It' s incredibly significant for the Recording Academy to bring GRAMMY Career Day to the city of Hartford. Although New York is just two hours away, it can be challenging for many young people who aspire to have a music career to make it to the city and connect with the industry. By coming to Connecticut, the Recording Academy is making the business more accessible to eager students. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that this has the potential to be life changing.

"The University of Hartford is excited to partner with the Recording Academy on GRAMMY Career Day," he continued. "This is one of several innovative initiatives we' re working on at The Hartt School to foster stronger relationships with area high schools for the benefit of the students we all serve. I hope we inspire students to learn more about rewarding careers in the music business, whether they come to the University of Hartford, go to another school, or go directly into the industry. As an educator, I want to equip students to become lifelong learners wherever their 'classroom' may be."

Added Dannay: "Programs like Grammy Career Day bring tremendous value to high school students, not only shedding light on behind the scenes jobs, internships and future career opportunities, and ways to attain those opportunities, but perhaps equally important:-the personal insight and encouragement shared by the panelists today, showed the students that their dreams and aspirations are attainable."

Zuraitis chimed in as well: "The music industry is multifaceted with a vast amount of opportunities for people to work within it, not just on stage! Showcasing and empowering students to pursue internships and look outside the box for career opportunities within the music business is exciting. Sharing my personal story about working from the ground up for many years helps redefine what success looks like on every level, not just at the tippy top. Personal stories motivate students to pursue a difficult but ultimately rewarding career by seeing that dreams are attainable with tenacity, networking and kindness."

The Recording Academy commends all who made GRAMMY Career Day possible — and urges you to keep checking RecordingAcademy.com for more news on events like it!

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2023 In Review: How The Recording Academy Upheld And Led The Music Community
The Recording Academy's 2023 Year In Review

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2023 In Review: How The Recording Academy Upheld And Led The Music Community

2023 was another banner year for the Recording Academy. With the 2024 GRAMMYs mere months away, let's break down the many ways the Academy spent the year harnessing the power of music to affect positive change in the world.

Recording Academy/Dec 30, 2023 - 02:45 am

Every passing year is significant to the Recording Academy, but 2023 ticked a noteworthy number of boxes for the world's leading community of music professionals. 

From achievements in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) space, including a significantly diversifying membership class, to the millions of dollars granted to the music community by MusiCares, this year has been a watershed for the Recording Academy.

As we wave goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024, here's a breakdown of the Recording Academy's achievements and initiatives from this banner year.

Serving & Representing Underrepresented Groups

The Academy's 365-day-per-year commitment to DEI paid off in a major way in 2023.

A record-breaking diverse group of 2,400+ music creators joined the Recording Academy this year as part of our 2023 New Member Class. In a demonstration of the Academy's commitment to remaking its overall membership, 50% of the new class are people of color, 46% are under the age of 40, and 37% are women. Full statistics surrounding the demographics of the new class can be found here.

Read More: Recording Academy AAPI Members & Leaders On Where The Fight's Led Them And The Road Ahead

 The Recording Academy also supported students of color and students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across a number of initiatives. With support from our partners at United Airlines, the official airline partner of the GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy, our DEI team, and the Black Music Collective provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience at this year's GRAMMY Week for a select group of HBCU students. Made possible by United, 10 HBCU students from across the U.S. were gifted travel to attend the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, and the coinciding, week-long GRAMMY Week celebration in Los Angeles. The students also attended professional development programs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

For the third consecutive year, the Black Music Collective teamed up with Amazon Music to award five students with the "Your Future Is Now" scholarship, which awarded students at HBCUs $10,000 scholarships and the opportunity to be part of an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy department leads. Elsewhere, the second annual Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship, presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, awarded a scholarships and internships at the Recording Academy or Latin Recording Academy to five students from across the country.

Celebrating Marginalized Creators, Voices & Organizations

As 2023 winds down, the world is in turmoil, and as always, the Recording Academy has risen to this challenge. This year, the Academy joined many organizations and causes to support creators from marginalized groups and communities.

The Academy joined the Biden-Harris administration's first-ever U.S. national strategy to counter antisemitism; we hosted a listening session with Recording Academy leadership specifically curated for creators in Jewish music and collaborated with the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance to present a panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. In June during Black Music Month, the Black Music Collective partrnered with the White House to host its first-ever Juneteenth Concert Juneteenth concert, which featured performances from Jennifer Hudson and Ledisi.

In May during Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrated Recording Academy members and leaders from the AAPI community.

On Indigenous Peoples' Day in October, our DEI team hosted a conversation with the cast and crew of "Reservation Dogs" to discuss the Indigenous community and their musical offerings to the world. Hosted by the Recording Academy's Executive Vice President of Communications, Sean Smith, the panel discussion featured the show's composer Mato Wayuhi and music supervisor Tiffany Anders, followed by a performance from Vincent Neil Emerson.

The Recording Academy also gave back to the LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, GLAAD, the non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organization, collaborated with Live Nation and the Recording Academy to present an expanded Spirit Day Concert in Los Angeles. Hosted by Frankie Grande and featuring an exciting lineup of performers and emerging young musicians, the event took a stand against LGBTQ youth bullying and provided a possibility model for the next generation to explore, learn, and grow into a future filled with empathy and kindness.

Serving & Supporting The Music Community

The Recording Academy does a lot more than hand out awards. And, naturally, this extended to the broader music community. Across all of 2023, the Recording Academy, led by our Washington, D.C-based Advocacy & Public Policy team, fought for creators' rights and elevated important policy issues that stand to affect the community

In April, the two-day GRAMMYs on the Hill 2023 event brought together congressional leaders and music makers to recognize those who have led the fight for creators' rights. The 2023 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards, the premier annual celebration of music and advocacy in Washington, D.C., addressed the changing music landscape, celebrated music champions and pushed the industry toward progress. Sponsored by City National Bank and benefitting the GRAMMY Museum, this year's GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards honored 13-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) for their contributions to support music creators.

The Recording Academy also fought for creators on Capitol Hill via the annual Advocacy Day, where Academy and U.S. Congress leaders announced the reintroduction of the Restoring Artistic Protection (RAP) Act, leading the federal effort to limit the use of song lyrics in court and legal cases. As well, District Advocate Day 2023, the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its makers, saw Recording Academy members from across the country visit the local district offices of their elected representatives in Congress to discuss issues affecting the livelihoods of songwriters, performers, and studio professionals; the event, held in October, also hosted the first-ever GRAMMY Advocacy Conference, which provided another opportunity for Academy members to connect with each other and engage with the issues no matter where they live.

Elsewhere, the Academy addressed AI head-on with the Human Artistry CampAIgn, as well as a number of other initiatives to ensure music creators are top of mind when it comes to AI and copyright law.

During GRAMMY Week 2023, the Advocacy team fought for fair pay at 4th annual GRAMMY Fund Brunch and spotlighted music policy for members of Congress.

Celebrating & Recognizing Excellence In Music

There's a reason why the annual GRAMMY Awards are known as Music's Biggest Night around the world. And 2023, was no different. The Recording Academy celebrated music creators of all kinds at this year's GRAMMY Awards.

At the 2023 GRAMMYs, artists broke records and made history. Most notably, Beyoncé broke the all-time record to become the artist with the most GRAMMY wins in history, counting 32 GRAMMY wins to date. Elsewhere, Kim Petras became the first trans woman to win the GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, winning for her collaboration with Sam Smith, "Unholy."

The 2023 GRAMMYs also saw the debut of five new GRAMMY Awards categories, which included: Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical, won by Tobias Jesso Jr.; Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media, won by composer Stephanie Economou for Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok; Best Spoken Word Poetry Album, won by J. Ivy for The Poet Who Sat By The Door; the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Special Merit Award, won by Shervin Hajipour for "Baraye" and presented by First Lady Jill Biden; and several other GRAMMY categories.

Next year at the 2024 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy will celebrate even more artists and creators with the debut of three new GRAMMY Award categories: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.

Impacting The World Through Music & Arts

For the Recording Academy, elevating music and the arts isn't an end to itself — it furthers change the world over. That's why this year the Academy collaborated with the U.S. government and several pro-social organizations to promote peace, diplomacy and democracy through music worldwide.

In September, the Academy joined United Nations Human Rights to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights alongside United Nations Human Rights representatives in NYC. In conjunction with this, the Recording Academy, the official Music Partner of Right Here, Right Now Music, with the support of United Nations Human Rights, committed to international Right Here, Right Now Mini Global Climate Concerts that aim to promote climate justice and rights-based climate action.

The Recording Academy is working to harness the power of music to promote social justice around the world through several global initiatives supported by United Nations Human Rights. The multifaceted Right Here, Right Now Music initiative is designed to engage major artists to use their talents and unique platform to elevate awareness of climate justice.

The Recording Academy also partnered with U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to help launch the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, an international initiative that will promote peace, diplomacy and democracy through music worldwide; during the launch event, Quincy Jones received the inaugural Peace Through Music Award.

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop

You may have heard that 2023 marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. And the Recording Academy didn't just rise to the occasion — it led the charge. 

At the 2023 GRAMMYs, hip-hop took over the GRAMMY stage all night. In addition to the star-studded hip-hop tribute at the 2023 GRAMMYs, Dr. Dre was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Dre Global Impact Award and Kendrick Lamar solidified his GRAMMYs legacy with three GRAMMY wins for his groundbreaking 2022 album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.

Clearly, that hip-hop revue at the 2023 GRAMMYs was just the beginning. Featuring an astonishing cross-section of hip-hop's most crucial originators and innovators, the once-in-a-lifetime live concert special "A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop" closed out the hip-hop celebration on the highest of notes.

Elsewhere, the GRAMMY Museum launched the immersive Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit, while MusiCares, in partnership with Vivid Seats, launched Humans of Hip Hop, a program directed at providing resources tailored to the needs of the hip-hop community nationwide.

To top it all off, the Recording Academy partnered with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to host a celebration for the 50th anniversary of hip-hop at her D.C. residence. This historic event featured performances from Lil Wayne, MC Lyte, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Jeezy, and many more.

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Giving Back To The Music Community

MusiCares, the philanthropic arm of the Recording Academy and the leading music charity that provides a safety net of health and human services for the music community, has helped countless music people through mental, physical and financial challenges. In 2023, MusiCares continued and expanded their mission.

This year alone, MusiCares distributed $6.06 million in financial assistance and preventative care to 5,000 music professionals.

They also launched The Day That Music Cares, the music community's first annual day of service, as well as the Resilience On The Road Toolkit, a living suite of resources to help music people foster and maintain their well-being on the road  Last but certainly not least, MusiCares partnered with Togetherall to expand mental health support for music people.

Supporting The Next Generation Of Music Creators & Leaders

As one of the core pillars of the Recording Academy's year-long mission, we aim to inspire and support the next generation of music creators and professionals by providing opportunities, enrichment and mentorship. We achieved this goal via multiple initiatives this year.

In January, we announced our 2023 class of #GRAMMYsNextGen Ambassadors and Advisors; the program is intentionally designed to engage the under-40 music community and recognize the best and brightest power players behind the scenes of the music that drives culture today.

In August, GRAMMY U, the Academy's membership type for emerging professionals and creatives pursuing a career in the music industry, expanded its membership program by opening its eligibility to allow all individuals aged 18-29 who are actively taking an alternate path towards a career in music to apply for this premier program. This expansion created a more inclusive space for the future leaders and creative pioneers of the industry.

The GRAMMY Museum, the world-class leaders in music education, launched many initiatives aimed at supporting emerging artists and aspiring students. The 2023 installment of their GRAMMY Camp program welcomed Gracie Abrams, G Flip, Moore Kismet, Paul Klein from LANY, and Lizzy McAlpine as this year's guest artists; they discussed their career paths and helped students prepare for the music industry. In March, the GRAMMY Museum also launched its third annual GRAMMY In The Schools Fest, which provided music career exploration sessions for students and featured educational panels and workshops featuring artists and industry professionals. 

Across many of our Recording Academy Chapters, we celebrated the next generation of music leaders and creators. The New York Chapter's GRAMMY Career Day in October provided students with an in-depth exploration of the music industry, while the Los Angeles Chapter celebrated the NEXT Class Of 2023, which provided real-life experiences to Voting and Professional Members 21-35 years of age to foster their budding careers as they begin their paths as future leaders of the music industry.

The Recording Academy thanks all members and industry professionals who aided us in our ongoing mission to support all music people. We'll see you in what is sure to be a thrilling, productive 2024!

*—With additional reporting by John Ochoa*

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Reggaetón/Alt-Pop Singer/Songwriter Paopao On Why Final Round Voting Matters For The 2024 GRAMMYs
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Reggaetón/Alt-Pop Singer/Songwriter Paopao On Why Final Round Voting Matters For The 2024 GRAMMYs

Recording Academy member paopao details her road to the world's leading community of music professionals, and why it's crucial to get out the vote during Final Round Voting season ahead of the 2024 GRAMMYs.

Recording Academy/Dec 21, 2023 - 10:19 pm

Paola Nicole Marrero Rodríguez, also known as paopao, has contributed to a Latin-GRAMMY-winning piece of work — one of the highest accolades in all of music. And her alliance with the Latin Recording Academy extends to its sister academy; paopao is outwardly passionate about the world's leading society of music people, and what it means to her.

"I feel like the amount of Latin representation and participation at the Recording Academy isn't as high as we'd like it to be," paopao says in a heartfelt letter below, as Final Round Voting rolls on ahead of the 2024 GRAMMYs. "Being able to be a voice and a minority representative is something I don't take for granted."

Are you a member of the Recording Academy who's unsure about the ways Final Round Voting plays an important role in the voting process? If not, are you simply curious about how being a Voting Member can shift the music landscape in a more fair, transparent and equitable way?

If so, read on from a powerful missive from paopao about all of the above, her personal road to the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy, and more.

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The following has been edited for clarity.

I first started my journey with the GRAMMY family during my freshman year in college as part of GRAMMY U — the Recording Academy's membership program dedicated to uplifting aspiring music creators and professionals.

Last year, I became a voting member of the Recording Academy shortly after also becoming a member of the Latin Recording Academy. Officially becoming a member has offered me additional opportunities, many of which I feel people aren't aware or taking advantage of.

I like to think of it as a web made up of everyone who is anyone in the music industry. Because there are so many creators in the Latin music community, including songwriters and engineers, who are unaware that they qualify to become a member, I want to be a voice to spread the word and make sure my peers know about this incredible opportunity.

As a Latin artist in the música urbana community, being a part of the Recording Academy has been so important because my peers and I have the opportunity to shape Latin music within the broad spectrum of the music industry, not just within our community.

I feel like the amount of Latin representation and participation at the Recording Academy isn't as high as we'd like it to be, and being able to be a voice and a minority representative is something I don't take for granted. Latin music is becoming part of our culture and music globally, and as members of the Academy, we're helping change how our music is heard and seen across the world.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 14, until Jan. 4, 2024, we'll look at this year's GRAMMY nominees and vote for who we believe are making a lasting impact on music. Our votes will determine who will win an award at the 66th GRAMMYs.

"GRAMMY" is a massive word in the music industry. It's a huge stamp of approval and carries a lot of weight because being a music creator isn't easy. On the creative path, there are a lot of things working against you. So, to win a GRAMMY and to be recognized by your peers for your music, is that reassurance that you were right to make that leap and that all your hard work is paying off. It tells you that people are actually listening, and that you have what it takes to impact music and make history.

If we want to see better representation within Latin music, we need to be vouching for the work and creators we think deserve it by using our votes. We can't complain about the outcomes on Nominations Day or GRAMMY Sunday if we're not willing to take action. As with anything, if we want something to change, we must be part of that change.

Being a voting member is also a privilege that not everyone has, so it's up to us to be educated members of this community and really listen and do our research and evaluate the quality of the music on the ballot, not just vote for our friends or what we think is most popular. I've discovered so many new artists and music just through participating in the voting process, so it's rewarding, too!.

The Recording Academy has given us a voice to express to the world what remarkable music is to us — the people who live and breathe music. So, use it. Tell other voting members to use it. Together we can push music and the culture forward.  

Learn more about the upcoming 2024 GRAMMY Awards season. Interact with the dynamic GRAMMY Awards Journey online resource to learn about the GRAMMY Awards process in full. View the official Rules and Guidelines for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards. Visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

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Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. Says GRAMMY Voting Has "The Power To Shape The Future Of Music"
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Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. Says GRAMMY Voting Has "The Power To Shape The Future Of Music"

In a heartfelt message to Recording Academy Voting Members, the organization's CEO, Harvey Mason jr., underlines the significance of voting during GRAMMY season.

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When it comes to GRAMMY voting, every vote counts, every voice matters.

As the CEO of the world's leading community of music professionals, Harvey Mason jr. has witnessed the awe-inspiring power of each and every Recording Academy member to fundamentally shift the music industry and global culture at large.

The 2024 GRAMMYs are no exception. When the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards, last month, many of music's leading lights became GRAMMY nominees — some for the first time ever. These GRAMMY nominees were determined via a transparent, peer voting process in which the Recording Academy's Voting Members voted on the nominees among thousands of eligible submissions.

GRAMMY Voting continues with Final Round Voting, which is now open through Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. This crucial process ultimately determines the GRAMMY winners across all categories awarded on GRAMMY night — when the highest honor in all of music will be bestowed.

As Final Round Voting continues, Mason jr. illustrates the importance of the GRAMMY Voting process in a heartfelt message to Recording Academy Voting Members. Read Mason jr.'s message in full below.

Learn more about the annual GRAMMYs voting process and Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs. See more below for a full GRAMMY Voting checklist, and learn more about our newly launched "My Academy Hub" mobile app, which gives Recording Academy Voting Members access to their Final Round Voting ballots directly in their member dashboards.

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Dear Recording Academy Members,  

Thanks to our Recording Academy Voting Members for voting in October, and congratulations to them on producing an excellent, diverse slate of nominees for the 66th GRAMMY Awards! On Nominations Day, we saw countless heartwarming reactions and a whole new set of first-time nominees stamped "GRAMMY-nominated" in front of their titles. In all, over 900 music creators were able to announce their work was deemed excellent by their fellow music creators, true experts in their crafts. 

*Now, it's time to select the winners, and the responsibility rests solely on the votes of Voting Members and their peers. Thousands of GRAMMY voters will be exercising the power that only they have to participate in the final round of voting for the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which is open now through Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.* 

Our incredible nominees are relying on Recording Academy Voting Members — their talented and admired peers — to listen to and evaluate their work for a chance to not only become "GRAMMY-nominated," but "GRAMMY-winning."  

The outcome of their votes can have a lasting impact on music and what our peers and music fans listen to for years to come. The winners that GRAMMY voters select will have the power to shape the future of music. 

So again, I ask our Recording Academy Voting Members to please listen carefully and evaluate each recording with integrity as they select who they feel is the best in music this year. To all GRAMMY voters, join your peers and utilize your power to make a difference.  

Thank you and see you at Music's Biggest Night on Sunday, Feb. 4! 

Cheers, 
Harvey Mason jr. 
CEO, Recording Academy 

Vote Now: Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs is now open! 

2024 GRAMMYS: VOTING CHECKLIST 

VOTE WITH THE NEW "MY ACADEMY HUB" MOBILE APP 

The Recording Academy is proud to provide Final Round Voting ballot access within the new "My Academy Hub" mobile app.* Visit your member dashboard anytime, anywhere right at your fingertips. Download the mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today, and be sure to set up biometric login so you'll never have to remember your password again.^  

Having issues? For questions and technical support regarding the app, please contact us at app@recordingacademy.com 

*The GRAMMY Voting process remains unchanged, and members will now be able to access their Final Round Voting ballots directly in their member dashboards via the "My Academy Hub" mobile app. 

^Members in almost all locations, domestic and international, can download and use the mobile app. Please note the app is not currently available to members in China. 

UNDERSTAND THE RULES 

Help us maintain the integrity of the GRAMMY Awards Voting process. Read the Voting and Solicitation Guidelines and Voter Code Of Conduct. 

SPREAD THE WORD 

Download the #Vote4GRAMMYs social media toolkit and encourage your fellow members to actively participate in the GRAMMY Awards Voting process. 

ASK FOR HELP 

Reach out for any of your Voting-, Membership-, or Awards-related needs. 

Voting Support: 

866-992-9902 

grammys@yangaroo.com 

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EXPLORE THE ROAD TO GRAMMY GOLD 

Dive into the new GRAMMY Awards Journey, an interactive online resource outlining the complete GRAMMY Awards process — from Online Entry and Eligibility Screening to Peer Voting and Nominations. 

2024 GRAMMY AWARDS SEASON: KEY DATES  

Key dates and deadlines for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards season are as follows:  

Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 15, 2023  

Product Eligibility Period   

NOTE: All eligible awards entries must be released within this timeframe.  

Oct. 11, 2023 – Oct. 20, 2023  

First Round Voting   

Nov. 10, 2023  

Nominees announced for the 2024 GRAMMYs  

Dec. 14, 2023 – Jan. 4, 2024  

Final Round Voting   

Feb. 4, 2024  

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Members of the Recording Academy's 2023 New Member Class: (L-R) Rap-Unzel, Duncan Daniels, OG Parker, Weyes Blood, Bedouin

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2023 New Member Class: Why These Artists Joined The Recording Academy: "Together, We Can Elevate The Academy To Even New Heights"

From elevating peers to acknowledging extraordinary work to pushing for inclusivity, hear why artists like Weyes Blood, Bedouin, Gera MX, and more just joined the Recording Academy.

Recording Academy/Dec 5, 2023 - 08:44 pm

Becoming a member of the Recording Academy is no mere title or honorific. Academy members directly impact the global music community for the better. Without our Membership, the Recording Academy wouldn't exist at all.

By getting directly involved with the Academy's various divisions and initiatives, artists, creators and industry professionals can expand their participation in the music world to the next level. Our newest members, who just joined the Recording Academy as part of our 2023 New Member Class, perfectly embody this spirit. This newly inducted, record-breaking class represents a diverse group of 2,400+ music creators. In a demonstration of the Academy's commitment to remaking its overall membership, 50% of the new class are people of color, 46% of this year's class are under the age of 40, and 37% are women. See the full statistics surrounding the demographics of the 2023 New Member Class and a snapshot of the Recording Academy's 2023 DEI initiatives.

To celebrate our 2023 New Member Class, we're spotlighting some of our newest Recording Academy members, including Weyes Blood, Bedouin, Gera MX, and others. Learn more about the many reasons why they joined the world's leading community of music professionals.

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Read More: 50 Percent Of The Recording Academy's 2023 New Member Class Are People Of Color

*Weyes Blood | Photo: Neelam Khan Vela*

Weyes Blood

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

Recorded music is my lifeblood. I wanted to see and be a part of the whole process that acknowledges some of the best recorded music of our times, and the Recording Academy is the best way to recognize the contributions of the wider music community.

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

As someone who listens to a lot of music from the past, I look forward to exploring newer records on a more regular basis. I also look forward to listening to a wider variety of genres outside of my normal wheelhouse.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

I hope to contribute my weird perspective. As somebody who started in the DIY experimental music scene and collecting odd records, I feel like my input would come from a passionate and progressive place.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

It means getting to shed light on people that pour their hearts and souls into a recording. I feel very privileged to be admitted. All my years of experiencing and transcending through music will be put to good use, and staying connected with music — not only as a songwriter and singer, but as a listener — is very important to me.

*Gera MX | Photo Courtesy of Gera MX*

Gera MX

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

I feel that one of my missions as an artist is to continue contributing to the growth of new talents who may have great opportunities like the ones I have had.

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

I look forward to continuing to meet new talents as well as experienced colleagues. Also, new professionals who can add to my vision. And, of course, maybe very soon to see a GRAMMY Award in my cabinet.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

I hope to continue giving you music for many more years, that it can reach new corners of the world and connect with new people.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

It is very important to me. It is a milestone in my career and, for me, it means having reached a new level in my career.

It is great for me to become a member of the Academy and contribute to the mission of continuing to grow the name of all Mexican and Latino artists, creatives and professionals who contribute their grain of sand to this industry every day.

*Bedouin | Photo: Ben Price*

Bedouin

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

Becoming a Recording Academy member was fueled by the desire to immerse and align ourselves with this vibrant community of exceptionally talented musicians. The electronic music industry has grown immensely in recent years, and we're honored to be a part of that growth. We're excited that artists in our genre are finally being recognized for their contributions to the history of music. 

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

We are so excited and honored for the opportunity to continue advocating for and shining a spotlight on the electronic music genre as Recording Academy members. Electronic music is a multibillion-dollar industry, yet it still struggles to get mainstream recognition.

As part of the Recording Academy, we look forward to being a representative of our genre and helping to further establish it alongside the other popular, more conventional genres. We hope to use this opportunity to bridge the gaps between genres, collaborating and exchanging ideas with fellow music professionals from various backgrounds.

This vibrant network provides a platform to push boundaries and redefine musical conventions.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

First and foremost, we hope to further champion diversity within the music industry — with a specific focus on music and musicians of Middle Eastern descent.

As a Recording Academy member, we have the unique opportunity to push for a more inclusive industry that reflects the global richness of musical traditions from all over the world. 

Additionally, we're excited to act as a representative for the electronic music space and will work to bring that community more respect, credibility and awareness overall. Electronic music is the moment, right now! And we're excited to be part of the movement that brings the genre into the spotlight.  

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

It's a distinct privilege to be recognized alongside other professional creatives that share a deep dedication to their craft. After such a monumental year for our own artistic journey, to be accepted into the new member class of the Recording Academy is truly a capstone moment. 

Our sonic vision pulls from our diverse personal influences, Middle Eastern heritage and Western upbringing. To now receive this level of recognition from the world's leading society of music professionals — it's an honor to be not only a face for electronic music, but also for all Middle Eastern musicians.

*Rap-Unzel | Photo: Armani Lyons/Lyons Pride Photography*

Rap-Unzel

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

I was inspired to become an Academy member when I learned about the different ways I could get more involved in the industry through various membership opportunities. Being a part of an organization that celebrates artists and creatives is right where I want to be!

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

I look forward to connecting with my fellow members and industry peers, as that's a way for me to continue my growth as an artist and be part of change. I feel there's always a takeaway and learning opportunity in everything I do, so I look to gain more knowledge from my experience as an Academy member!

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

As a new member, I'm excited to have the opportunity for my voice to be heard in new rooms! I hope to advocate for the many different lanes there are for artists, especially female rappers. There are so many different sounds and styles with space for all of them in the industry. I'm here to show my lane.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

As a songwriter and recording artist, my words mean a lot to me, and music is one of my first true loves. So, naturally, being a member of the Recording Academy means so much! It's important to me because I stand by the Recording Academy's mission, and I want to do my part in ensuring that the music community continues to thrive!

*Duncan Daniels | Photo: Yanran Xiong*

Duncan Daniels

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

I plan to help bring more awareness to the vast community of Afrobeats artists based in the diaspora, most especially here in the U.S. I also look forward to connecting and collaborating with my peers to make some amazing music.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

I would love to contribute by mentoring younger, budding musicians who intend on growing their music industry knowledge and career.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

It means that my peers saw my years of contribution to music as a whole and deemed me worthy to be a part of this prestigious body. It has been a great aspiration of mine ever since I started making music more than 20 years ago.

I never imagined I would get here, so it's still surreal. I also have a chance to submit my works and works of other great artists I know for GRAMMY consideration, and that's huge.

*OG Parker | Photo: Armen Kaleshian*

OG Parker

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

Growing up, watching some of my favorite musicians at the top of their game [and being] appreciated and honored by their peers and music professionals within the Academy inspired me to hopefully be a part of such a coveted institution. For it to be a reality for me now, I'm extremely grateful and honored.

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

I hope to be a trusted voice of reason and help continue the tradition of greatness the Recording Academy has created by offering my expertise and love for amazing music.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

Being a new member of the Recording Academy, I hope to contribute my unique talents and experience and learn from and build with the legendary veterans that have helped make the Academy what it is; together, we [can] elevate it to even new heights.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

I will never take for granted being a part of the organization that provides the highest honor and award in music. I've given music all I have, and to continue to have the opportunity to push and advocate for musicians as a musician [myself], especially at this level, I am truly blessed and appreciative.

*Trousdale | Photo: Raea Palmieri*

Trousdale

What inspired you to become a Recording Academy member?

The Recording Academy has such a long legacy of honoring music and artists that have inspired us, and we're so excited to become a part of that legacy. To be able to share the positivity that we try to spread with our music and inspire future artists is such an honor.

Now that you are an active Recording Academy member, what are you most looking forward to? What do you hope to gain from your experience?

As active members of the Recording Academy, we're really looking forward to the chance to meet new people and to share our voices within this community that shares our love of music. We are also really looking forward to the opportunity to cast our votes for the GRAMMYs in support of artists we love.

With the help and guidance of the Recording Academy, what do you hope to contribute to the music community as a new member?

The three of us have always been very proud of the fact that we write and produce and record the majority of the music we release. We really hope that as members of the Recording Academy, we can inspire other young women who are thinking about writing their own music and telling their own story.

What does being a member of the Recording Academy mean to you? Why is it important to you?

Art is how we make sense of the world and connect to other people, so it means the world to us to be able to voice the value of that art through the Recording Academy, to make sure it continues to be a pillar of connection in society.

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