January 14, 2019

Coalition Joins Recording Academy Panel on Community Outreach

The Recording Academy may be most widely known as the organization behind the GRAMMY Awards; but advocating for and supporting music, music creators, and communities is its driving commitment. Saving music in our schools is a very fundamental part of that commitment. 

On December 9 in Tampa, FL, a panel discussion at the inaugural Playback Independent Music Expo (PBX) focused on the Recording Academy’s community programs and outreach. Lee Whitmore, the Coalition’s executive director joined GRAMMY winners and nominees, musicians, engineers and producers, and Recording Academy Florida Chapter executive, Kenny Cordova, for the discussion. 

A ballroom full of music professionals learned about the Recording Academy’s commitments to artists, producers, communities, and music education through MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum Foundation, and of course the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition

This panel was part of the inaugural launch of PBX, described as “a metal-heavy meeting of the minds featuring the likes of Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Kyle Sanders of Hellyeah, Queensryche’s Todd La Torre, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, drummer Dirk Verbeuren & legendary bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth, and Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick, amongst others. The accomplished musicians were on hand to offer some wisdom to attendees trying to make it in a challenging, and often confusing, environment.”