Lt. Gov. Landrieu Applauds Recording Academy For New Grammy Category: Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album -- 06/06/2007
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June 6, 2007
Lt. Gov. Landrieu Applauds Recording Academy For New Grammy Category: Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu today congratulated the Recording Academy for creating a new Grammy category, Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. The expansion of the Grammy Awards categories was announced at the Recording Academy's spring trustees meeting in Santa Monica, California.
"For the last century, Zydeco and Cajun Music have been emblematic of the rich, authentic culture found only in Louisiana," Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu said. "On behalf of our state's Cajun and zydeco musicians and fans, I thank the Recording Academy for recognizing this unique brand of Louisiana folk music."
Cynthia Simien, a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a longtime advocate for Academy recognition of Zydeco and Cajun music, said she is thrilled by the new category.
"This is a great testament to how important our indigenous Zydeco and Cajun Music artists are to the cultural and musical identity of this state and this country," Simien said. "Now, each and every year, we will have five recordings nominated and one recording that will garner a Grammy Award, instead of once every 10-20 years under the previous category system."
Landrieu added, "We launched the Cultural Economy Initiative to grow jobs through Louisiana music, film, food and the arts. The Recording Academy has been a great partner in our efforts to create opportunities for Louisiana's people through the cultural economy."
For more information, please contact Cynthia Simien at (337) 837-9997.
THE RECORDING ACADEMY®'S SPRING TRUSTEES MEETING RESULTS IN NEW NATIONAL OFFICERS AND EXPANSION OF GRAMMY® CATEGORIES
Multi-GRAMMY®-Winning Producer Jimmy Jam, Jazz Critic Neil Tesser and Music Publisher Richard Perna Elected National Officers; Music Television Producer Terry Lickona becomes Chair Emeritus
Category Changes Affect Latin and Folk Fields, Bringing Total Number of Categories to be Recognized in February 2008 to 110
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 7, 2007) -- The Recording Academy® announced today that former Vice Chairman of the Board and four-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Jimmy Jam was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees, jazz critic Neil Tesser was elected Vice Chairman, and music publisher Richard Perna was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer at its annual spring Trustees Meeting. Outgoing Chairman of the Board Terry Lickona will become Chair Emeritus. Additionally, The Academy's Trustees voted to expand the Latin music GRAMMY Award field, and establish a new category in the field of Folk music. This brings the total number of GRAMMY categories that will be recognized in February 2008 to 110.
"During our spring Trustees meeting, elected leaders from all of our 12 Chapters -- all music makers and industry experts in their own fields -- convene to discuss the business and direction of our Academy and the ongoing vital role we continue to play as the voice of 18,000 music makers," said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. "Through the election of our new National Officers and the focus of the week's discussions, The Academy's Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its passionate commitment to keeping The Recording Academy a relevant and responsive organization in our dynamic music community. We are thrilled with the diversity and the depth of music industry experience we were able to tap in electing our new slate of National Officers, and I look forward to working closely with this talented new team and our national staff."
"As The Recording Academy celebrates its influential 50-year history, I am proud to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees," said Jam. "This is a historic time in our rich cultural legacy, and I am looking forward to helping lay the foundation for the next 50 years by continuing to collaborate with our President, national staff, Trustees, local Chapters and our 18,000 members. We have many new opportunities to explore to enhance the GRAMMY brand while continuing to focus on our mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture."
Newly elected Vice Chairman Neil Tesser, author of The Playboy Guide To Jazz, currently co-chairs The Academy Board's Planning & Governance Committee and serves on the Awards & Nominations Committee. He formerly served as President and Trustee of the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy. Tesser has broadcast and written about jazz in Chicago for the past 35 years and currently co-hosts the syndicated jazz review and discussion program "Listen Here!" He has authored more than 200 sets of album notes -- one of which received a GRAMMY nomination, and two of which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.
Re-elected Secretary/Treasurer Richard Perna is Co-CEO of Evergreen Copyright Acquisitions and served as a Trustee for the Texas Chapter from 2000 - 2004. Perna, who has been a member of The Academy's Finance Committee, was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hamstein Music Group Inc., a company that evolved into one of the most successful independent music publishing companies in North America.
"Austin City Limits" producer and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Terry Lickona will serve as Chairman Emeritus.
Awards Due to the increasing growth of the Latin genre, The Academy has split the Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album into two categories -- Best Latin Urban Album and Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. In the Folk Field, the new Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album category has been added to embrace this evolving genre. This brings the total number of GRAMMY categories to 110.
The Trustees of The Recording Academy, along with Academy senior staff, Chapter Regional Directors, Executive Directors, and Chapter Presidents, met May 21 - 25 at the semiannual series of meetings with agendas designed to strategically chart the course of The Academy and its affiliate corporations.
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs -- including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download® (WhatsTheDownload.com®). For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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