The COVID-19 pandemic has closed the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles indefinitely, but the museum announced Thursday (April 16) that it will create new public programs using Zoom, and put them on its website.
Since the Grammy Museum opened in the L.A. Live complex in 2008, it has hosted more than 930 public programs in its cozy, 200-seat Clive Davis Theater. The sessions generally consist of an interview moderated by the museum’s Scott Goldman, audience Q&A and a brief performance by the artist.
According to the museum, 30 artists who were nominated at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, including Billie Eilish/Finneas and Yola, participated in public programs at the Grammy Museum in 2019.
On March 18, the museum began dipping into its archive of past public programs to put selected shows on its website. Archived programs that are currently housed on the website are sessions with Alice Merton, Common, John Prine, Tanya Tucker with Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, the late Kenny Rogers (from 2011), Andrea Bocelli with Matteo Bocelli and Bob Ezrin, Kool & the Gang, Greta Van Fleet, Eilish and Finneas, Carlile solo, X Ambassadors, Larkin Poe, Bob Newhart, Yola and Scarypoolparty.
Upcoming archived programs include Los Tigres del Norte (scheduled to be posted on the site on April 18), Richard Marx (April 20), Courtney Barnett (April 22), Ben Platt (April 25), Sabrina Carpenter (April 27) and Brett Young (April 29).
The museum has also added digital slideshows based on past exhibits, including Whitney!, Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora, X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles and Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Popular Music and the National Pastime.
Upcoming digital slideshows include Sinatra: An American Icon (scheduled to be posted on the site on April 17) and Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald (April 24). These galleries include images of installation and artifacts, select media content featured in the exhibit and exhibit text, playlists and captions.
The site also has digital educational content and lessons plans. A two-part Music of the Civil Rights Movement is currently on the site, along with segments devoted to video production, electronic music production and careers through music video.
As Michael Sticka, the museum’s president, has said, “The Grammy Museum’s doors may be closed, but our mission isn’t.”