In a move that advances its mission of supporting music creators, The Recording Academy® announced a restructure that aligns its Advocacy and Member Services divisions. The alignment creates a broader unit focused on empowering the music community to get involved in creator issues and inform the national conversation with a unified voice. From emerging artists seeking professional development to established legends looking to pay it forward, Academy members who already enjoy a variety of networking and career advancement tools will now benefit from additional opportunities to get involved with and actively shape the music community’s future. The new structure also enhances The Recording Academy’s ability to activate its membership in grassroots advocacy efforts.
The merge comes at a critical time for music creators as a number of pro-creator bills are under consideration in Congress and the House Judiciary Committee conducts its review of current music licensing and copyright laws.
Daryl P. Friedman, who has led the Academy’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill for more than a decade, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer. Nancy Shapiro, who previously led the Member Services group, has been appointed to lead high-priority Academy initiatives across all divisions as the Senior Vice President of Special Projects.
“There are inherent synergies between our Member Services and Advocacy groups,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “For 30 years, Nancy has grown the Academy’s presence through her work in launching many of its chapters and establishing professional development programs for local music makers. This evolution builds upon Nancy’s work by providing our members a conduit to shape the future of the industry for the collective good of the music community.”
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