The Recording Academy welcomes ‘Nearly 2,000 Diverse’ new members

That Recording Academy welcomed its new membership class of “nearly 2,000 different music creators and professionals” at a town hall on Friday (September 9), where CEO Harvey Mason Jr. spoke and answered questions.

The Academy reports that 47% of this year’s new members are under 40; 44% are from “traditionally underrepresented communities” (referred to elsewhere in the report as people of color); and 32% are women.

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The new members had the option of “preferring not to disclose” about important demographic categories. That option was most often chosen on the question of ethnicity. 24% of new members ticked “prefer not to disclose” on the ethnicity issue. Another 3% ticked “prefer to describe themselves.” In comparison, 16% of the gender question ticked “prefer not to disclose.” On the age question, 13% checked “prefer not to say.”

In terms of self-reported ethnicity, the new membership class is 33% White/Caucasian; 25% Black/African American; 24% prefer not to disclose; 10% Hispanic/Latino; 4% API [Asian American and Pacific Islander]3% prefer to describe themselves; 1% Middle Eastern/North African; and less than 1% Native/Alaskan Native.

In terms of genre, the new member class most often cited pop as their area of ​​focus, with 33% choosing that genre, followed by (in order) R&B (22%), jazz (19%), alternative (19%), rock (17%) , American roots (16%), rap (15%), world music (15%), classical (15%), dance/electronic (13%), modern instrumental (13%), gospel/Christian (11%), other (10%), country (9%), Latin (9%), film/TV/media (9%), new age (7%), musical/show (6%), reggae (6%), children’s ( 4%) and spoken word (3%). Comedy was chosen by less than 1%. (Numbers do not add up to 100% because members can select more than one genre.)

The Admissions Academy prepared a infographic which contains all the details of the new class of members in terms of gender, age and ethnicity.

The Academy invited 2,700 members to participate, of which 2,000 accepted. The invitations were published on 30 June. The deadline to accept was July 12.

The 2022 class marks four years since the Academy transitioned to a community-driven and peer-reviewed annual cycle to create, in its words, “a more diverse and engaged member base that represents the evolving musical landscape.”

Since the implementation of the new model in 2019, the number of female members has increased by 19%, while membership among traditionally underrepresented communities has increased by 38%. Women now make up 31% of the Academy’s membership, while people from traditionally underrepresented communities account for 33%.

The Recording Academy has added 1,913 women to its voting membership since 2019 and is now 77% of the way to its stated goal of adding 2,500 female voting members by 2025.

“After years of listening, learning and effort, we are beginning to see the results of our efforts to diversify the Academy’s membership come to life,” said Mason. “Our members are the lifeblood of this organization, driving everything we do from the inside out. When we have diverse people representing all corners of the industry contributing unique perspectives, progress is made at a rapid pace. The journey is just beginning , and I can’t wait to work with our new and existing members to build on the Academy’s commitment to creating real, meaningful change.”

In his annual membership address, Mason also touted the five new Grammy categories being added this year, including Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical; the New Special Merit Award, Best Song for Social Change; and the Academy’s efforts on behalf of the California Decriminalization of Artistic Expression Act and the RAP Act at the federal level, which would limit the use of rap lyrics and other creative works in court.

The Recording Academy is now accepting nominations for Best Song for Social Change. Friday (September 9) it is have put up a page offers more information about the prize along with a submission form. The submission deadline is Oct. 7. The recipient will be chosen by what the Academy calls a “blue ribbon committee”.

Mason also mentioned that Sept. 9 is the deadline for Academy members to register for District Advocate Day, which takes place on Oct. 6.

In addition to submitting products for Grammy Awards consideration and voting in the Grammy Awards process, members can vote in chapter elections, propose changes to Grammy Awards rules, run for a Recording Academy board position or committee, and more.

Here is a page from the Recording Academy’s site more information about membership process and requirements.

The Recording Academy released quotes from 14 new membersbelow Gaylewhich had a No. 3 hit on it Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year with “ABCDEFU,” and is believed to be a Grammy contender in key categories. “I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to become a new member with such legendary and cutting-edge ironic creatives,” she said. “Being part of this community is an honor and I already feel so welcome.”

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