By: Nicole Nicholson and Dennis Kelly
Photos By: Matt Ginger
About The Recording Academy Chapters
The Academy has 12 regional chapters throughout the country. Members who join the Academy are placed in the chapter closest to their residence. Chapter offices represent the Academy on a local level by working within that region’s music and recording communities and addressing its needs through education, advocacy, professional development and events. In addition, the Chapter serves as a conduit for other members to meet, network and address the concerns of the recording industry both nationally and locally.
Chapters are governed by a Board of Governors and have elected Trustees who are responsible for the financial health of the Chapter. Members are encouraged to be involved in Chapter government, serve on committees and take a leadership role in the developing of Academy initiatives.
There are Chapter locations in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
Chicago Chapter Profile
The Chicago Chapter, established in 1961, was the third Recording Academy Chapter to be initiated. At the time, Recording Academy National President Bob York looked to Chicago and Nashville to carry some of the increasing responsibilities of the Academy between the coastal offices of New York and Los Angeles. Chicago was chosen because it was one of the biggest recording centers of the time. The many active major and independent record companies thriving in Chicago included Chess, Checker, Columbia, RCA, CBS, Mercury and Cadet.
In April 2008, the Chicago Chapter moved into their new office space in the River North area of Chicago. This neighborhood, home of the River North Gallery District, has the largest concentration of art galleries in the United States outside of Manhattan. Along with hundreds of art galleries, the area also plays host to a design district, as well as many popular restaurants and entertainment venues. The new office space is larger than the former space occupied by the Chapter, and includes both a large and small conference room as well as a dedicated kitchen.
In the past few years, the Chapter has continued to recognize the many different groups that comprise the region’s recording industry. The Chapter has increased its membership base and hosted numerous educational seminars throughout the Midwest, thereby creating valuable opportunities for members to gain information about professional developments in their particular field. The Chapter works closely with the many established music and arts organizations, and has become an integral partner in not only the Chicago cultural community, but also in many other major cities across the Midwest.
The Chapter’s professional development programs include the Midwest Professional Education Series. These cover a wide range of timely issues and topics, including home studio recording, a music critic’s symposium, record promotion and marketing, and music for advertising and film. These workshops and seminars are held throughout the Midwest. In addition to this solid slate of professional development programs, the chapter also provides several other events to our members. Our Chicago Heroes Awards recognize important music professionals at an elegant tribute dinner every year. Our annual Golf Tournament, local GRAMMY Nominee Celebration, and our membership meetings also provide opportunities for our members to get together on an annual basis.
For more information, or to become involved, please call 312.786.1121.
Become a Member
The Recording Academy’s mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers.
Enter recordings, vote and participate in the GRAMMY Awards.
Speak out for your rights through advocacy.
Receive award winning trade publications.
Enjoy discounts through the members only Academy All Access program.
As a member of the Recording Academy, you receive many benefits from programs and events to discounts on goods and services, and the privilege of participating in the GRAMMY Awards process.
For more information on the Recording Academy, please visit: www.grammy.com