The Recording Academy is a music organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy, which began in 1957, is known for its GRAMMY Awards, the world’s most recognized music award. Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMY are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. In 1997, the Recording Academy also launched the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Latin GRAMMY Awards.
As the preeminent membership organization for thousands of musicians, producers, songwriters, engineers, and other music professionals, the Recording Academy’s mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers. Over the last decade particularly, The Academy has expanded its goals from the important work of recognizing the best in music through the GRAMMY Awards to establishing itself as the preeminent arts advocacy and outreach organization in the country. The Academy’s mission statement is simple, but represents the heart and soul of the organization’s efforts: to positively impact the lives of musicians, industry members and our society at large. The Academy can be proud of its accomplishments on behalf of its constituency.
Some of the Recording Academy’s initiatives include:
The Producers & Engineers Wing
The Producers & Engineers Wing is comprised of more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. The Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals.This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its network of music experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.
The GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U)
The GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U) is an organization for college students who are pursuing a career in the music industry. The Recording Academy created the Grammy University network to help students prepare a career in the music industry so they can get themselves established as a professional in the field. This is done through forms of networking, interactive educational experiences and programs as well as performance opportunities. GRAMMY U is designed to enhance students’ current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give them perspectives on the recording industry.
The GRAMMY Foundation
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation brings attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards. The GRAMMY Museum provides an interactive celebration of the power of music occupying a vibrant new space in downtown Los Angeles. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educational, celebratory and inspirational.