Grammy Museum Foundation Promotes Michael Sticka to Executive Director

Michael Sticka
Brad Van Tilburgh

Michael Sticka

Former executive director Scott Goldman shifts to artistic director.

Michael Sticka been promoted to executive director of the Grammy Museum Foundation. 

In his new capacity, he will oversee all aspects of operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, and public and education programs. He was formerly controller/ finance director.

Sticka replaces Scott Goldman, who had assumed the title of executive director when the Grammy Museum and Grammy Foundation merged in April 2017. Goldman is now transitioning to an artistic director role. 

When Goldman became executive director 19 months ago, he replaced the Museum’s original and previous executive director Robert Santelli, who shifted to the Grammy Museum’s founding executive director, with responsibilities for growing the organization through programs, including traveling exhibits. He remains in that capacity, as does Rita George, who was promoted to COO last April. Wayne Zahner remains CFO of the Grammy Museum and the Recording Academy.

"In just 10 years, the Grammy Museum has exceeded our expectations largely due to the powerful vision of our extraordinary executives and the hard-working and passionate team at the Museum, which has resulted in our becoming one of the industry’s foremost philanthropic organizations dedicated to music education and advancement," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy and chair of the Grammy Museum Board, in a statement. "Last year’s integration with the Grammy Foundation reflected the Museum’s tremendous growth, and Michael’s strategic vision, strong operational abilities, and deep experience in business and finance make him the right executive to lead the Grammy Museum toward continued success.”

The Museum was developed as a joint partnership between the Recording Academy and promoter AEG in 2008. 

“It’s not lost on me that I’ve been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a team of extraordinary people as we seek to be a greater and more active part of our community through our vital curatorial and educational work,” said Sticka, regarding his new role as executive director. “It is an understatement to say that I am proud of what our team has accomplished to date, just as it can’t be overstated how excited we all are for what lies ahead.”

Since its integration with the Foundation last year, the Grammy Museum has produced more than 80 public programs, hosted nearly 30,000 students for tours and educational workshops, and opened several exhibits, including X: 40 Yars of Punk in Los Angeles and Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin'. In that same period, the museum’s grants program awarded $200,000 to 14 recipients.

Upcoming programs and exhibits at the Grammy Museum include 25 Years of Jermaine Dupri and So So Def in collaboration with Jermaine Dupri and Friends (Sept. 20), and Lean on Me: A Tribute to Bill Withers (Sept. 24), An Evening with Shawn Mendes (Sept. 25) and Spotlight: Dua Lipa (Sept. 28). 


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