Recording Academy

  1. Recording Academy Restructures for Stronger Advocacy in Congress

    April 30, 2015 11:21 AM EDT Ronald Reagan had a saying that politicians should either see the light or feel the heat. Chances are members of Congress will be feeling more heat after Thursday's announcement the Recording Academy is restructuring to better get its points ...

  2. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  3. Recording Academy President to be Honored at UJA-Federation's Music Visionary of the Year

    April 14, 2014 9:17 AM EDT It was announced that Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, will be named Music Visionary of the Year at the UJA-Federation luncheon on June 25 at the Pierre in Manhattan. The Music Visionary award luncheon is held by the Entertainment ...

  4. Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties They Deserve (Guest Post)

    April 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Michael Huppe is the CEO and President of SoundExchange, a non-profit digital performance rights organization that collects royalties for artists and copyright holders. Honor Vs. Value: As someone who was raised in the era of classic rock, I am ...

  5. Bette Midler Disparages Pandora, Spotify Over Artist Compensation (Updated)

    April 06, 2014 8:21 AM EDT (*This story has been updated with a response from Pandora followig its original publication.) Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and ...

  6. Lady Antebellum, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards

    March 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Country music trio Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. House of Represent ...

  7. Grammys Garner Record Social Mentions In 2014, Lorde Most Discussed on Twitter

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST This year's Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television's biggest social event of the season so far. The 2013 Grammy event, by comparison, dr ...

  8. Grammy Week: Songza, Revolt TV, BrokeMogul Execs Discuss Music Discovery, Man, Machine

    January 24, 2014 7:30 AM EST In the quest to surface music to new fans, the industry has relied on two tracks -- algorithms and humans. At Grammy Connect, the music industry's fifth annual confab on digital and social media, the Recording Academy explored the relative me ...

  9. Neil Young Honored at Grammy Producers & Engineers Wing Event

    January 22, 2014 3:24 PM EST Legendary rock musician Neil Young was celebrated Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. Young, 68, received his award on stage during the group's seventh annual Grammy week celebration at The Village, a h ...

  10. Spotify Predicts Grammy Winners

    January 21, 2014 8:52 PM EST Predicting Grammy Winners has now become a sort of parlor game among digital music companies over the past few years. The idea is to see if large sets of data on listener behavior can be used to pick the winners. The answer is: It depends. If list ...

  11. Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

    January 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to b ...

  12. The Grammy's Social Plan: Share The Love, Says the Recording Academy's CMO (Q&A)

    January 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST In many ways, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' viral bus video (above) embodies what the Recording Academy wants to achieve with its social media campaign this year -- shareability. Regardless of whether the people in the video were actors or gen ...

  13. Shazam Predicts 2014 Grammy Winners

    January 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST Call it the People's Choice. Shazam, the company whose app is used to identify about 16 million songs a day, on Monday issued its predictions for this Sunday's Grammy winners.  The potential winners selected by Shazam are based purely by ...

  14. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  15. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  16. Carole King is MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 19, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that King will be saluted by performers Lady Gaga, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, James Ta ...

  17. Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Extends Contract Through 2019 (Exclusive)

    September 16, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow has been contracted to remain in his post through 2019. The Academy’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Portnow’s contract, which was set to expire in 2015.   "Neil is a dynamic leade ...

  18. Morning Fix: P!nk Named Billboard's 2013 Woman of the Year; Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media; Maroon 5 Sign to Kobalt

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE P!NK NAMED BILLBOARD'S 2013 WOMAN OF THE YEAR P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City ...

  19. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  20. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  21. Panelists Dive Into Album Credit Ecosystem at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 9:47 PM EDT Panel: The Album Credit Ecosystem Moderator: Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Panelists: Alison Booth, Sony Nashville Jon Maples, Rhapsody International Ivy Skoff, Recording and Soundtrack Music Production Coordinator Shane Tobin, The Echo ...

  22. Rhapsody To Offer Digital Liner Notes

    May 07, 2013 2:13 PM EDT Subscription music service Rhapsody has signed on to assist The Recording Academy's push for the availability of digital liner notes. Last year the Academy launched the "Give Fans the Credit" campaign that is designed to give musi ...

  23. Jennifer Hudson, Library of Congress Celebrated at Grammys on the Hill Awards

    April 18, 2013 12:19 AM EDT The music industry honored the Library of Congress with a special Grammy Award on Wednesday night for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings, along with honors for Jennifer Hudson. The Recording Academy presented i ...

  24. Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation Create First Music Educator Award

    April 05, 2013 8:05 AM EDT When Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow was about 7 years old, he saw an Elvis Presley performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that changed his life. “It kind of blew my mind,” Portnow recalls. “The day after, I told my mom and dad that ...

  25. Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79

    March 30, 2013 12:36 PM EDT 8 1.564 k 115 20 0 Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a c ...

  26. SXSW Q&A: Pandora CTO Tom Conrad on Mobile-Streaming Cap, Internet Radio Fairness Act, More

    March 15, 2013 4:56 PM EDT As Chief Technology Officer at Pandora, Tom Conrad has led product development for the dominant Internet radio company since its inception nearly 10 years ago. Since then, the company has grown to occupy 8% of all radio play and 134 million regi ...

  27. Grammy Museum in Mississippi Set to Break Ground Next Month, Open in 2015

    February 08, 2013 2:02 PM EST The Grammy Museum is heading to the crossroads in 2015. A second Grammy Museum slated to open in Cleveland, Miss., adjacent to Delta State University, is getting closer to reality. Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, Patrick Gallaghe ...

  28. Quincy Jones, Al Schmitt Honored at Grammy Producers & Engineers Party

    February 07, 2013 10:49 AM EST From left: Quincy Jones, Recording Academy Chairman/CEO Neil Portnow, Al Schmitt (Photo: WireImage) Jazz provided the backbone for the sixth annual Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy Week Celebration that honored Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt o ...

  29. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  30. Pepsi, Vevo to Spotlight Best New Artists, 'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens During Grammys

    January 24, 2013 7:01 PM EST Pepsi, with Pandora and Vevo, have announced a collaboration for the Grammy Awards primarily based around the "Best New Artist" award.   Pepsi, the official presenter of the "Best New Artist" category this year, has teamed wi ...

  31. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  32. Membership Has Its Benefits: Joining the Recording Academy Opens All Kinds of Doors

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Are you thinking of becoming a member of the Recording Academy? Senior VP of member services Nancy Shapiro tells Billboard why joining the Academy is important, what membership offers and new details about the summer 2013 relaunch of the organizat ...

  33. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  34. Marketing the Grammys Via Social Media: Not as Easy as It Seems

    December 20, 2012 6:03 PM EST You would think that the job of marketing the Grammy Awards would be an easy job. It isn't. No one knows this better than Evan Greene, the Recording Academy's chief marketing officer, who spoke with Billboard.biz as he gears up for the e ...

  35. A2IM Extends U.S. Commerce Dept Funding For Indies To Attend MIDEM 2013

    December 18, 2012 1:57 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has extended its offer of financial assistance to indie labels attending next year's MIDEM music conference, taking place in Cannes, France, Jan. 26-29. The offer was originally due to expi ...

  36. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  37. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  38. The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

    December 12, 2012 7:45 PM EST Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small label ...

  39. Ravi Shankar, Carole King, Temptations, Patti Page, More to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 12, 2012 8:26 AM EST On the morning after his death, the Recording Academy announced that Ravi Shankar and six others -- Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations -- will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. In a s ...

  40. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST 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, who is celebrating ...

  41. How Did Al Walser Score a Grammy Nomination?

    December 07, 2012 5:35 PM EST Al Walser is a Grammy nominee. And it's because of social media. The Lichtenstein native and near-total unknown - to the public, at least - submitted his self-produced and self-released track, "I Can't Live Without You" (above) ...

  42. Scooter Braun on Bieber Grammy Snub: 'I Wasn't Mad, Just Voicing My Opinion'

    December 06, 2012 4:24 PM EST Manager and label owner Scooter Braun was mystified Thursday morning why his tweet about the lack of a Grammy nomination for Justin Bieber had taken on a life of its own and become a news story. "I wasn't mad, just voicing my opinion,&qu ...

  43. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  44. Grammy Analysis: Youth Rules Nominations; Some High-Profile Snubs

    December 06, 2012 9:02 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele's and Taylor Swift's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of t ...

  45. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  46. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  47. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  48. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  49. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  50. Backbeat: Hard's Gary Richards Talks Live Nation Acquisition, DJing With Roses In His Hair at EMI's Electrospective Party in Hollywood

    September 20, 2012 4:16 PM EDT POSSO DJing at Hollywood's AV Nightclub for the Electrospective launch and Magnetic Magazine's birthday celebration (Photo by Catie Laffoon) EMI launched their Electrospective campaign on Tuesday night at the AV Nightclub in Hollywood . ...

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