The annual membership fee of $100 has been waived for the second year in a row due to the financial impact of COVID-19.
On Monday (June 28), the Recording Academy announced that invitations were extended to 2,710 potential new members in a continuing effort to diversify the organization’s membership.
This year’s class marks an increase from last year’s class of about 2,300 invitees to help ensure that the academy’s "membership is diverse and representative of the entire music community," Kelley Purcell, vice president of membership and industry relations, tells Billboard.
For the class of 2021, prospective new members are 48% women, 32% Black, 13% Hispanic, 35% white, and 4% Asian or Pacific Islander. In terms of age, 56% of invitees are under 40. (See a full breakdown of the new invites in the infographic at the bottom of this article.)