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The Recording Academy
TypeLearned academy
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California
  • 3030 Olympic Boulevard
Deborah Dugan
AffiliationsThe Latin Recording Academy
WebsiteOfficial site

The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; abbreviated NARAS) is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognize achievements in the music industry.


The Recording Academy's former headquarters in Santa Monica, California.

The origin of the academy dates back to the beginning of the 1950s Hollywood Walk of Fame project. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce asked the help of major recording industry executives in compiling a list of people in the music business who should be honored by Walk of Fame stars.[1][2] The music committee, made up of these executives, compiled a list, but as they worked, they realized there were many more talented industry people who would not qualify to be recognized with a Hollywood Boulevard bronze star.

The founding committee members included Jesse Kaye, MGM Records; Lloyd Dunn and Richard Jones, Capitol Records; Sonny Burke and Milt Gabler, Decca Records; Dennis Farnon, RCA Records; and Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, and Doris Day from Columbia Records.[3] This was the start of the academy and also of the Grammy Awards.[4][5][6]

The Recording Academy was formally established in 1957.

The 1st Annual Grammy Awards was held simultaneously in two locations on May 4, 1959 - Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills California, and Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City,[7] and 28 Grammys were awarded. The number of awards given grew and fluctuated over the years with categories added and removed, at one time reaching over 100.[8] The second Grammy Awards, also held in 1959, was the first ceremony to be televised,[9] but the ceremony was not aired live until the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971.[10]

In 1997, the Recording Academy under Michael Greene launched The Latin Recording Academy, which produces the Latin Grammy Awards. Neil Portnow later served as president and CEO of the academy from 2002 to 2019.[11] Deborah Dugan is the current President and CEO of the Recording Academy. She took office on August 1, 2019 [12] and is the first woman to lead the organization.[13]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Josh Knight and his Grammy Award (2012)
Patricia Price at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awards presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry.[14] The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are one of three major music awards held annually, including the American Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards.[15]


Producers and Engineers Wing[edit]

According to The Recording Academy, The Producers and Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) is a part of the academy made up of producers, engineers, mixers, and other technically involved professionals.[16][17] The producers and engineers wing addresses various aspects of issues facing the recording profession. The P&E Wing also advocates for the use of professional usage of recording technology as well as the preservation of recordings.[citation needed]

The members of this division make up a large portion of those who vote on the Grammy Awards each year.[citation needed]

Grammy University Network[edit]

According to The Recording Academy, The Grammy University Network (Grammy U) is an organization for college students who are pursuing a career in the music industry. It offers forms of networking, interactive educational experiences and programs, advice from music professionals, and internship opportunities.[citation needed]


The Recording Academy supports the MusiCares Foundation, a philanthropic organization which provides money and services to musicians in an emergency or crisis.[citation needed]


The academy has twelve chapters in various locations throughout the United States. The twelve chapters are in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, the Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Texas, and Washington D.C.[citation needed] Tammy Hurt is the first LGBT Chapter President to have served on the board of the Atlanta Chapter since 2005. [18]

See also[edit]

  • The Latin Recording Academy
  • Grammy Museum
  • List of music organizations in the United States


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  2. "Hollywood Walk of Fame History". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  3. ("Broadcasting" magazine 6-17-57.)
  4. Thomas, Bob (April 8, 1959). "Record Academy Plans TV Spectacular of Its Own". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. "Recording Stars Plan Eddie To Join Oscar And Emmy". The Deseret News. August 9, 1957. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  6. "Bronze Stars Begot Grammy". The Robesonian. February 22, 1976. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  7. "Grammy Awards 1959 (May)". Grammy.
  8. "Grammys history and winners through the years". Los Angeles Times. January 28, 2015.
  9. "Grammy Awards 1959". Grammy.
  10. "Grammy Awards 1971". Grammy.
  11. "Grammy President Neil Portnow To Step Down In 2019". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  12. Lewis, Randy. "Newly named Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan gives first interview on post-Portnow era". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  13. Lewis, Randy. "Newly named Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan gives first interview on post-Portnow era". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  14. Aswad, Jem; Aswad, Jem (2019-04-16). "Who Is Deborah Dugan, the New Boss of the Recording Academy?". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  15. "Drake has big night at Billboard Awards, wins top artist". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  16. "About Programs - Producers & Engineers Wing". GRAMMY.com. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  17. Edwards, Gavin; Edwards, Gavin (2014-01-22). "Read Neil Young's Epic Grammy Speech". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  18. "Atlanta Board". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2019-05-31.

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