The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, this issue features: A cover story on the indie breakthough act of the year The Lumineers; a feature on how lyrics are a growing revenue stream for publishers an songwriters; a look at how Rostrum Records breaks artists (like Wiz Khalifa) both online and on the road; how social media made this year's Grammy noms more youthful, and much more. Pick up this issue here or a Billboard subscription here.
Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, has led the music industry association for the past ten years. (Photo: Joseph Llanes)
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Neil Portnow has presided over the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences since December 2002. Under his stewardship the Academy has thrived: He has helped create an endowment of more than $12 million for the charity MusiCares; assured that music creators have a voice in Washington, D.C.; overseen the opening of the Grammy Museum in a partnership with AEG; and much more.
A professional musician and an experienced executive, Portnow worked as an independent consultant, a staff producer at RCA Records, an A&R VP at Arista and EMI, president of 20th Century Fox Records and senior VP, West Coast for Zomba Music Group, helping Jive become one of the hottest labels of the late '90s and early 2000s.
In the video (below), Portnow sits down with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and reflects on his career, his mentors and "peeps," the four pillars of the Academy, how he reinvigorated the organization during his ten years of leadership, the difficulty of holding eight awards at once, and much more.