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Recording Academy Names Songwriters & Composers Wing Leadership Council

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The Wing is patterned after the Academy's long-established Producers & Engineers Wing.

The Recording Academy's newly-launched Songwriters & Composers Wing has announced a leadership council comprised of 23 music creators spanning diverse backgrounds and genres.

The members of the leadership council are drawn from each of the Academy's 12 chapters as well as The Latin Recording Academy's membership. The leadership council includes six Grammy winners -- Edgar Barrera, Claudia Brant, Bryan-Michael Cox, Brett James, Lori McKenna and Christopher Tin.

The  council also includes: Ivan Barias, Mason Bates, Emily Bear, Erika Ender, Sue Ennis, J.J. Hairston, Sam Hollander, J. Ivy, Savan Kotecha, Luciano Luna, Eduardo Osorio, Tayla Parx, Bruce Robison, Georgia Stitt, Justin Tranter, Emily Warren and Jay Weigel.

The Wing is patterned after the Academy's long-established Producers & Engineers Wing, which has 6,000 members, according to the Academy.

The Songwriters & Composers Wing has forged a partnership with The Latin Recording Academy and will work with the organization to better serve songwriters and composers globally.

The leadership council will join previously announced honorary chairs Lamont Dozier, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ashley Gorley, Carole King, Jimmy Jam, Tania León, Gustavo Santaolalla, Valerie Simpson, Diane Warren, and Hans Zimmer.

Evan Bogart, a trustee of the Recording Academy, serves as chair of the Songwriters & Composers Wing.

"The Wing's mission is to provide composers and songwriters a home base in the industry that presents opportunities, advocates on their behalf, and celebrates their important contributions to our music community," said Susan Stewart, newly appointed as managing director of the Songwriters & Composers Wing.

Through educational offerings including panels, mixers, songwriting retreats, and mentorship, the Wing provides opportunities for recognition, networking and collaboration. It also spotlights emerging opportunities for song and scoring achievement within a variety of media globally, and amplifies songwriters and composers' unique role in policy discussions that seek fair compensation for creators.

For more information on the Songwriters & Composers Wing and to learn about becoming a member, go here.