Leslie Lewis, director of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E), will exit that post early next month.

Leslie Lewis, director of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E), will exit that post early next month.

Lewis, who will continue to produce the Grammy Nominees compilations for both the Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, will remain with the Academy as a consultant.

The Producers & Engineers Wing was established in 2000, when the Recording Academy acquired the Music Producers Guild of the Americas (MPGA). The MPGA had been established in 1997 by independent producers seeking a louder and unified voice in the industry.

The P&E Wing comprises more than 6,000 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers and technologists who serve in advisory and advocacy roles in the development of new technologies and practices with regard to recording, mastering, archiving and music preservation.

"I'm very proud of what we've built," says Lewis. "There's programming, structure and great leadership. At this point, Grammy Recordings is requiring more of my attention as we plan to further develop that area for the Academy." Lewis has worked on the Grammy and Latin Grammy Nominees compilations since their inception.

Most recently, the P&E Wing was instrumental in establishing a new Grammy field and category. At its semiannual Board of Trustees meeting, held May 24-28, the production, surround sound Grammy award was ratified, along with its first category, best surround-sound album. Commercial releases on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video or Super-Audio CD that provide original surround mixes of four or more channels will be eligible for the award.

The Academy also added the Best Electronic/Dance Album category in the Dance field. The new awards marked "two big victories for our P&E Wing constituents," Lewis observes. "We're very thankful and excited."

Lewis confides that she is fielding new opportunities in addition to her work with the Grammy Nominees releases. "I love this community, and feel like I need to continue to contribute if somebody wants me to. I have a lot of passion for it."

The Recording Academy will hire a new director; that process is currently underway through the Academy's Member Services department.