Key Deadlines for Recording Academy Members and Potential Members – Billboard


Recording Academy members have exactly one month to submit recommendations for awards and nomination changes, including new categories. Members have two months to submit recommendations to artists and others to receive what are called “Special Merit Awards” – lifetime achievement awards and the like.

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People hoping to join the Recording Academy have one month to submit documents to be considered for this year’s membership class. But this process is complex and involves getting recommendations from two other people in the industry. People hoping to join in time to be part of the next class of new members better crack up.

Those administrative deadlines remained unchanged even though the 64th Annual Grammy Awards telecast was pushed back more than two months, from Jan. 31 to April 3.

We’ll break it all down for you.

Suggested Awards and Nominations Process:

Academy members can submit proposals throughout the year, but the deadline for proposals to be considered for the following year is March 1. Proposals can be submitted to [email protected]

Any proposal for the creation of a new category requires a special submission form (which can be obtained at this same address.) Be aware that it is not easy to add a new category: proposals for the creation of a new category require a two-thirds super majority vote of the Awards and Nominations (A&N) Committee and Board of Directors to pass.

Proposals are debated and voted on by the A&N committee. Those who succeed go to the board of directors. Proposals that are ratified by the trustees become effective for the following year’s Grammy Awards. Proposals rejected by the A&N committee will not be reconsidered until the following year, with the exception of proposals that need to be reviewed in a different light due to changes in industry or technology.

The Recording Academy announced more than the usual number of rule changes last year, so much so that the announcements came in two parts. On April 30, in a resounding gesture, he announced the end of the candidate review committees. Less than a month later, on May 26, he announced more changes, including extending Album of the Year eligibility to all producers, songwriters, featured artists and others. having worked on an album, rather than insisting they appear on a certain percentage of the album. playtime. (This has resulted in a glut of nominations this year for albums such as Kanye West’s donda and Justin Bieber’s Deluxe Edition Justice.)

Recommendations for the Special Merit Award:

Members can recommend recipients of the Academy’s Special Merit Awards – Lifetime Achievement Awards for performers, Trustee Awards for individuals whose primary contribution is as non-performers, and Grammy Award recipients techniques.

These are due April 1. There is a lot of competition for these honorary awards, so members should present a well-reasoned and well-researched case as to why the potential recipient deserves it. These should also be submitted to [email protected]

Here is the Recording Academy’s description of these awards and how the recipients are chosen: “The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors those contributions in areas other than performance.The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees determines the recipients of both awards.Technical Grammy Award winners are elected by the Advisory Board and Chapter Committees of the Arts Wing. Academy producers and engineers and are ratified by Academy Trustees.The award is given to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

The Special Merit recipients who were announced in December 2020 will finally receive their honors during the Grammy telecast in April, with Bonnie Raitt, whose selection for a lifetime achievement award was not announced until December 2021. COVID-19 has delayed class recognition by a full year. This year’s class will be made up of seven lifetime achievement award recipients (Raitt, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena and talking heads), three recipients of the Directors’ Award (Ed Cherney, Benny Golson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds) and a Technical Grammy winner (Daniel Weiss). These numbers are typical for the one-year class. That might seem like a lot, but keep in mind that artists and others of all genres and from many eras are vying for these spots.

New member submissions:

The deadline for submitting documents to be considered for this year’s new membership category is March 1. Prospective members cannot simply recommend themselves. The process begins with two other people providing a recommendation. These two people do not have to be current members of the Recording Academy. Anyone working full-time in the music industry can recommend up to two people in each annual membership cycle.

The Recording Academy offers three types of membership – voting (for performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, instrumentalists and other creators currently working in the recording industry), professional (non-voting, for people who work in the music industry) and Grammy U (non-voting, for those who aspire to a career in the music industry).

Recommendation forms must be received by The Recording Academy by February 15 to ensure the applicant has sufficient time to complete their profile by March 1.

According to the Grammy site, the peer review panel is looking for two strong recommendations from music industry peers; evidence of a primary career goal in music, such as active marketing and promotions; awards and honors; established online presence; current and historical tour dates/performance, fanbase interaction, music videos, streaming charts or statistics, current releases available, etc. ; press such as interviews, highlights, reviews by relevant media; professional support system (i.e. manager, booking agent, publicist, etc.); and 12 commercially distributed verifiable credits in a single creative profession. (At least one of these credits must have occurred within the previous five years).

If someone has been nominated for a Grammy Award within the previous five years, the credit requirement is waived. If someone is a current year Grammy nominee or winner, no recommendation is required.

Applicants who do not meet the above factors may nevertheless be considered for membership if their work has achieved “unique distinction” and/or has achieved “special merit”.

Once the two recommendations have been received by the Academy, the Academy will contact the candidate to find out more about their career. Candidates will receive an email with a link and candidate code to complete the career profile. Profiles must be completed by midnight March 1 to be considered for this year’s class.

Applications for new members are reviewed by the Recording Academy’s peer review committee each spring. If approved by this committee, nominees are invited to join the Recording Academy by July 9 and have until the voting deadline for this year’s Grammy Awards to accept.

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure that all members are still actively working in music, renewing members may be asked to demonstrate recent credits and career material in order to maintain their Recording Academy membership. The peer review committee will also review this information before accepting the renewal.

If a person’s membership has been expired for less than five years, they can renew at any time. If a person’s membership has expired for more than five years, they will need to resubmit their application for membership through the Academy’s annual invitation process.

Recording Academy membership dues are $100 per year, but have been waived for the past two years due to the financial impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, The Recording Academy announced that invitations had been issued to 2,710 potential new members in an ongoing effort to diversify the organization’s membership. This marked an increase from approximately 2,300 guests in the Class of 2020 to help ensure “membership of the academy is diverse and representative of the broader music community,” said Kelley Purcell, vice-president. President of Member and Industry Relations. Billboard in June.

Here is a link to a page on with complete membership information. For questions, contact [email protected] or 866-794-3391.


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