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Bobby "Blue" Bland at the Long Beach...

Bobby “Blue” Bland at the Long Beach Blues Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When one thinks of the blues in this day and age, the first name that usually pops to mind is B.B. King, and that would not be wrong.  However, blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland is one of the iconic figures in blues history and one of my first records ever, was a white ceramic 78 record with Bobby “Blue” Bland and Blues Boy King (later B.B. King) live at the Palladium.  I found it in a root cellar in a box with other records some of them the old 78 which was before the 73 1/3 albums many are familiar with.

As a youngster, I grew up with the sounds of my parent’s card parties and “grown folks” music, also known then as “belly rubbin music” and the blues where a HUGE PART of the musical fabric at that time in my early life.  Bobby “Blue” Bland had a signature sound that nobody ever duplicated to my knowledge and his choking style lyrical cutoff on the tune “I’m Sorry” which he and B.B. King played together with his orchestra is one that jumps out at me.

The blues world, nay the MUSIC world lost another great in Bobby “Blue” Bland who died at the seasoned age of 83.  Nothing will ever come close to that sound…I wouldn’t want anyone to even try; they would just ruin it.

Below is the Recording Academy statement on this Lifetime Achievement Award  recipient of the Grammy Award organization.  There just aren’t words…so they kept it short and sweet…

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bobby “Blue” Bland was a prolific blues singer and balladeer. His signature performance style seamlessly blended a mix of blues, country, gospel, jazz and pop music to create his unique sound. He was a stylistic pioneer who influenced countless musicians across many genres, with a career spanning nearly eight decades. Our music community has lost a tremendous and legendary talent, and we mourn this loss with his family, fans and all those who had the pleasure and privilege of working with him.
Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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The Grammy Foundation® Announces Grammy Camp® To Be Held In Los Angeles And New York In Summer 2013 (via PR Newswire)

Camp Will Feature Performance Tracks And New Multimedia And Music Business Tracks Financial Assistance Available For Qualified Applicants — Deadline To Apply Is March 31, 2013 Download image SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GRAMMY Foundation®(www.grammyfoundation.org) today…

Grammy In The Schools Career Day

Grammy In The Schools Career Day (Photo credit: gingerbydesign)

 

Prestigious GRAMMY® Week Event Highlights GRAMMY Foundation’s Ongoing Work To Safeguard Music’s History

 

WHO:
The GRAMMY Foundation® will host “Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — featuring live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. Performers include GRAMMY® winners Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, and LeAnn Rimes; current GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran; Mike Einziger of Incubus, singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, as well as other artists to be announced shortly. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.

WHAT:
“Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This GRAMMY Week celebration promotes the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit http://www.grammyfoundation.org or http://wl.flavorus.com/sabantheatre/PlayItForward, or contact 855.235.2867. “Play It Forward” is sponsored in part by CenterStaging, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Getty Images Music and Jackson Limousine.

WHERE:
Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
5:15 p.m. Media Check-in (Note: Please arrive promptly. Media using mult-box will
be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.)
6:15–7:15 p.m. Red-Carpet Arrivals
7:30–9 p.m. Guest Speakers and Performances
9 p.m. Reception

 

WHY:
Protecting our cultural legacy for future generations is a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation mission. The Foundation recognizes and celebrates the innovation, perseverance and genius evidenced in the stories and music of the pioneers who have woven a rich and colorful cultural fabric. The GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project highlights its year-round activities in support of that mission, from preservation grants to its Living Histories archive. The Project also draws the attention of a wider audience to those efforts, and to the imperiled condition of many of the most historically significant recordings. This concert and screening serves to reintroduce works from these major contributors to the public and educates them about the GRAMMY Foundation’s role in preserving our rich cultural heritage.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

 

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Andy Williams at Moon River theatre 2006.

Andy Williams at Moon River theatre 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Andy Williams‘ smooth voice and casual style turned the songs he sang into timeless classics and made him one of America‘s top pop singers. As host of his own weekly variety series, “The Andy Williams Show,” he helped put both established and emerging talent in front of American audiences. Williams was the first host of the live GRAMMY Awards telecast and hosted the show for seven consecutive years, beginning with the 13th Annual GRAMMY Awards in March 1971, at the Hollywood Palladium. The entertainment industry has lost a giant piece of its living history today, but Williams’ legacy will forever be enshrined in the annals of music and television. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who will miss this American treasure.
Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

 

 

Grammy Award

Grammy Award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Telecast Recognized For Outstanding Special Class Program, 
Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Lighting Design,
Outstanding Sound Mixing, and 
Outstanding Technical Direction 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2012) — The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has received six Emmy® Award nominations, the most ever in one year for a GRAMMY®telecast, in recognition of outstanding production and directing excellence. Nominations were announced today by the Television Academy at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. Including today’s nominations, the GRAMMY Awards have been nominated 31 times for production excellence, and a total of 33 times overall. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The six GRAMMY Awardtelecast nominations are for:

  • Outstanding Special Class Programs
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

“As one of our most successful telecasts in GRAMMY history, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was truly a grand celebration of Music’s Biggest Night® filled with many special GRAMMY moments that recognized a number of extraordinary and talented artists,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®. “This was a remarkable year that presented unique challenges, which were met with swift action and creativity by our dynamic and first-rate production teams at AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions, who every year help raise the bar for our telecast. We congratulate them and our superb director, Louis J. Horvitz, on being recognized by the Television Academy for production and direction excellence, and we continue to be grateful for our partnerships with our friends at CBS and STAPLES Center.”

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich was executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz was the director. David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers.


The individuals nominated in each category are eligible for the awards. A detailed list of nominees follows:

Outstanding Special Class Programs
CBS

AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC and John Cossette Productions, Inc.

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming
Brian Stonestreet, 
Production Designer; Alana Billingsley, Art Director; Matt Steinbrenner, Art Director
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special 
Louis J. Horvitz, 
Director
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
Robert A. Dickinson, 
Lighting Designer; Jon Kusner, Lighting Director; Travis Hagenbuch,Lighting Director; Andy O’Reilly, Lighting Director
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special 
Thomas Holmes, 
Broadcast Production Mixer; John Harris, Broadcast Music Mixer; Eric Schilling, Broadcast Music Mixer; Paul Sandweiss, Package Mixer; Eric Johnston, Playback Mixer; Mikael Stewart, House Production Mixer; Ron Reaves, House Music Mixer; Tom Pesa,Stage Mixer; Michael Parker, Stage Mixer; Pablo Munguia, Playback Mixer; Bob Lamasney,Audience Supplemental Mixer
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
John B. Field, 
Technical Director; Eric Becker, Technical Director; Kenneth Shapiro, Technical Director; Ted Ashton, Camera; Danny Bonilla, Camera; Manny Bonilla, Camera; Dave Eastwood, Camera; Randy Gomez, Camera; Dean Hall, Camera; Larry Heider, Camera; Marc Hunter, Camera; Dave Levisohn, Camera; Steve Martyniuk, Camera; Rob Palmer, Camera; David Plakos, Camera; Hector Ramirez, Camera; Brian Reason, Camera; John Repczynski,Camera; Kris Wilson, Camera; Easter Xua, Camera; Keith Winikoff, Video Control; Guy Jones, Video Control

Established in 1957, 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 preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit 
http://www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Andy Griffith, Tony Award-nominated and Emmy A...

Andy Griffith, Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, producer, writer, director and Grammy Award-winning southern gospel singer. Image taken as President George W. Bush presents him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GRAMMY® winner Andy Griffith was an American television icon bringing beloved characters into family homes for more than 50 years with shows such as “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock.” In addition to acting, Griffith had a passion for music and recorded a number of albums, including I Love To Tell The Story — 25 Timeless Hymns, which garnered him a GRAMMY Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album. He was an immense talent and a true gift to the entertainment industry and will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and fans.

Neil Portnow

President/CEO

The Recording Academy

Ella Fitzgerald, 19 January 1940

Ella Fitzgerald, 19 January 1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 5, 2012) — The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program announced today that $250,000 in grants to help facilitate a range of research, archiving, and preservation projects on a variety of subjects will be awarded to 18 recipients in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. Research projects include a project that will use technology to enable parents of premature babies to have a presence at their child’s bedside even when they are away from the hospital. Preservation and archiving initiatives include a project that will protect live recordings of such performers as Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Nina Simone, among others; and an effort to digitally transfer and provide access to an archive of fragile reel-to-reel recordings of live performances and related oral histories in the collection of the oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse. A complete list of grant awards and projects is below. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2013 cycle will be available beginning May 1 at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.

“For nearly 25 years, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has been a leader in funding an extraordinary range of scientific research, archiving, and preservation projects,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “We have provided support for research that seeks to help individuals with speech and movement difficulties, and for a project that will prepare a significant collection of African-American gospel and blues from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta for digitizing and preservation. Each year, we continue to build upon the impressive diversity and quality of our grant recipients, which makes us proud of the role that our Grant Program is playing in protecting our shared musical heritage, and enabling the medical and scientific advances of the future.”

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is generously funded by The Recording Academy. To date, the Grant Program has awarded close to $5.8 million to more than 300 noteworthy projects. The Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008 the Grant Program expanded its categories to include planning grants for individuals and small- to mid-sized organizations to assist collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.

Preservation Implementation

Caffè Lena— Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Awarded: $19,691

CaffèLena will clean, store, digitally transfer, and provide access to its valuable, at-risk archive of fragile reel-to-reels of live performances and field recordings (1960–1989), and related oral histories on audiocassettes. This unique historic collection sheds light on the New York music scene and its influence on the 20th century folk revival. The Library of Congress will serve as the final repository for these archives. www.caffelena.org

Carnegie Hall— New York

Awarded: $17,250

This project will preserve volumes 1–4 of the Robert Shaw Choral Workshop Collection of Carnegie Hall’s Archives — a unique and irreplaceable series of tapes showcasing one of America’s greatest choral directors leading the finest young professional singers through workshops and performances at Carnegie Hall.www.carnegiehall.org

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association — Los Angeles

Awarded: $16,560

This grant will enable the digital transfer, storage, and management of the Swedlow Collection of 1,500 analog tapes recorded on a 3-track tape machine between 1953–1960. The collection includes live recordings of such performers as Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Nina Simone, among others. www.laphil.com

Oklahoma Historical Society— Oklahoma City

Awarded: $20,000

The Oklahoma Historical Scoiety will archive Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys recordings from the ’40s on lacquer discs, including U.S. radio broadcast transcriptions and 136 reel-to-reel tapes of ’50s and ’60s performances. Discs will be digitized and the project will create rich metadata for the collection to ensure long-term preservation of this unique cultural heritage material.www.okhistory.org

The Ravi Shankar Foundation — Encinitas, Calif.

Awarded: $16,420

This project will preserve, digitize, catalog, and provide access to historic live and studio recordings from two of the most prolific points in Ravi Shankar’s career. These recordings are unavailable anywhere else in any format and are at risk of deterioration in their analog state. The result will be an accessible collection of Shankar’s most important performances, greatly impacting scholarship and programming, both nationally and internationally.www.ravishankar.org

University of the PacificStockton, Calif.

Awarded: $8,983

Guided by a preservation survey of the tapes funded by a GRAMMY Foundation  grant, this project will stabilize and digitize 49 highly endangered reel-to-reel tapes of concerts, rehearsals and personal recording sessions by pianist/composer Dave Brubeck. These tapes offer unique, unreleased documentation of Brubeck’s monumental contributions to jazz. www.pacific.edu/library

WGBH Educational Foundation— Boston

Awarded: $17,250

The goal of this project is to preserve and make available interviews from the landmark PBS television series “Rock & Roll.” They will be available to the public through WGBH’s Open Vault website and new radio pieces. The interviews are broadcast quality, and WGBH will preserve them in a digital format and make them accessible to the public.openvault.wgbh.org

Preservation Planning

PaulAnastasio— Shoreline, Wash.

Awarded: $4,000

This collection of Mexican violin music in Guerrero and Michoacán features Premio Nacional winner Juan Reynoso and 20 of his fellow violinists. This project will assist the copying, transcribing, collating, and indexing of this rare, beautiful and nearly extinct music. www.swingcatenterprises.com

Bowdoin International Music Festival — Brunswick, Maine

Awarded: $5,000

The Bowdoin International Music Festival, a renowned summer music school and concert series, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. In advance of the anniversary, this project will catalog, transfer, and selectively

restore materials in its recorded archive. Included are performances by some of the world’s top classical musicians and works by illustrious 20th- and 21st-century composers.www.bowdoinfestival.org

Louis Guida— Lexington, Ky.

Awarded: $5,000

This project will assess, prioritize, and prepare material from a significant collection of African American gospel and blues from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta for digitizing and preservation. The collection, housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Black Film Center/Archive, includes field recordings, film footage and photographs from a five-year project led by director Louis Guida that resulted in the international award-winning 1992 documentary Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.

Irka Mateo— Brooklyn, N.Y.; Santiago, Dominican Republic

Awarded: $5,000

Rare recordings of Dominican folk music played for popular religious events comprise primary source material that expands and continues on previous work done by Fradique Lizardo (1930–1997), housed at the Centro León. The goal of this project is to initiate preservation consultation efforts that focus on music recordings celebrating Liborio Mateo, a central religious leader and healer that lived in San Juan de la Maguana.

www.irkamateo.org

Northwest Folklife — Seattle

Awarded: $4,000

The Northwest Folklife Festival’s collection of live audio recordings documents 40 years of the musical and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The project will assess the collection and design a multistage plan to stabilize, preserve and catalog those thousands of performances. Northwest Folklife’s goal is to publicize the collection and make these historical records available to the public via its website and at regional repositories.

www.nwfolklife.org

Scientific Research

Georgia Tech Research Corporation — Atlanta

Awarded:$17,250

Cerebral palsy is prevalent in one in 303 children in the United States. Approximately one-half sustain upper-extremity dysfunction. Using rhythmicauditory cues to improve upper-extremity function has shown promise with adult post-stroke patients. There is limited evidence of such music-based intervention in pediatric physical therapy. This project will investigate the effects of rhythmic auditory-induced interventions for children with cerebral palsy.humanslab.ece.gatech.edu

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital — Columbus, Ohio

Awarded: $16,846

The goal of this project is to create a healing environment through auditory stimulation within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit system that improves behavioral development and reduces length of stay in medically fragile babies. Through the use of technology, this innovative program allows parents to have a presence at their baby’s bedside even when they are away from the hospital.www.nationwidechildrens.org

Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care — Toronto, Canada

Awarded:$17,250

This project will examine the potential benefits of musical training on speech processing in elderly adults. Brain imaging techniques will be used to assess neural activity at multiple tiers of the aging auditory system and its correspondence to perception during active speech listening. Specifically, the project will assess the possibility that musicianship counteracts the negative declines in hearing ability and speech understanding that commonly emerge late in life.research.baycrest.org

University of Miami — Coral Gables, Fla.

Awarded: $20,000

This project will explore and quantify infants’ ability to entrain spontaneous movement with rhythmic auditory understanding of motor development, and inform therapeutic intervention for deficits in attention, speech, and extremity movement.

Western University — London, Canada

Awarded: $19,500

Despite the amazing level of shared neural machinery between humans and nonhuman primates, only humans appear to sense and react to musical rhythm. This ability has played a major role in the development of human culture for millennia. The aim of this project is to understand the neural processes that underpin our uniquely human ability to sense the beat in rhythmic sequences by comparing brain responses across species with the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging methods available.www.jessicagrahn.com

Benjamin Zendel — Montreal, Canada

Awarded: $20,000

As we age it becomes more difficult to understand speech in noisy environments because of changes in how the brain processes sound. It has been recently demonstrated that this age-related decline is mitigated in lifelong musicians, likely due to neuro-plasticity induced by musical training. The purpose of this project is to determine if music lessons in older adults can improve the ability to understand speech in noise by improving the way the brain processes sound.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org. For breaking news and exclusive content about our education programs, please like “GRAMMY in the Schools” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grammyintheschools and check out www.grammyintheschools.com.

Grants Awarded to 18 Top U.S. Public High Schools
for Music Excellence
Including 11 Enterprise Awards
Granted to Economically Underserved Schools

Supported in part by Best Buy,

Campbell’s Labels For Education Program,

the Ford Motor Company Fund,

and Gibson Foundation

Special GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Awards

Given Throughout The Year

 In Partnership With Best Buy Mobile

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 2, 2012)— The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.org) today announced that 18 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools (www.grammyintheschools.com) for 2012 and have been awarded cash grants totaling more than $100,000. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell’s Labels For Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation.

In August 2010, the GRAMMY Foundation launched the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, a new extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program in partnership with Best Buy Mobile. To celebrate the opening of new Best Buy Mobile stores, the GRAMMY Foundation identified deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000 grant. During the past year, approximately 100 schools have received the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, and total dollars granted were in excess of $200,000. For a list of schools, visit www.grammy.com.

“Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program is making a real difference in the lives of young people in public high school music programs across the country,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “With the generous support of our partners, we’ve been able to grow this program’s reach, and further the GRAMMY Foundation’s commitment to fostering excellence in music education.”

Each of the 18 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.The top six schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $15,000, and the five remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,000. One remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipient will receive a grant of $2,500 to benefit its music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 11 schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each.

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools:

2012 National GRAMMY Signature School ($15,000)

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts — Jacksonville, Fla.

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,000 each)

Flower Mound High School — Flower Mound, Texas

Green Valley High School — Henderson, Nev.

Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts— Las Vegas, Nev.

Prospect High School — Mount Prospect, Ill.

Westwood High School — Austin, Texas

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,500)

Jeffersonville High School — Jeffersonville, Ind.

2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)

Bartlett High School — Anchorage, Alaska

Billings Senior High School — Billings, Mont.

Chazy High School — Chazy, N.Y.

David Douglas High School — Portland, Ore.

East Anchorage High School — Anchorage, Alaska

Ewing High School — Trenton, N.J.

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center — Columbus, Ohio

Hialeah Gardens High School — Hialeah Gardens, Fla.

Pahoa High & Intermediate School — Pahoa, Hawaii

Philomath High School — Philomath, Ore.

Towers High School — Belvedere Park, Ga.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban, and rural, requesting information about each school’s music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at www.grammyintheschools.com. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs, and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell’s Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY in the Schools programs. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “GRAMMY in the Schools” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grammyintheschools.

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At Live Benefit Concert On May 31

That Will Raise Funds For MusiCaresAddiction Recovery Services

 Alice In Chains To Be Featured In Special Performance In Cantrell’s Honor

Jerry Cantrell playing with Alice in Chains at...

Jerry Cantrell playing with Alice in Chains at The Channel in Boston, MA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 22, 2012)— The eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert will honor Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lasher will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Hosted by television personality Steve-O, the evening will feature a special performance by eight-time GRAMMY®  nominees Alice In Chains featuring guitarist/vocalist Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney. GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby will DJ live during dinner. Additional artists will be announced shortly.

“Jerry’s role in shaping the world of rock music is profound and ongoing,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and MusiCares®. “His artistry as a guitarist is inspiring, and his contributions as a songwriter have earned Alice In Chains millions of fans around the world. And Neil has built an extraordinary career spanning more than 30 years in the music industry, and a parallel career in the field of substance abuse where his name has become synonymous with recovery and survival. But what unites Jerry and Neil are their unwavering support of MusiCares and our recovery programs, and their unselfish capacity to be of service to music people struggling with addiction.”

“From what I’ve seen, addiction can be an occupational hazard in the music business and I know firsthand how the MusiCares MAP Fund helps artists and members of the music community find the resources for recovery,” said Cantrell. “I’ve been a supporter for a long time, and I’m proud to help raise awareness and funds so this organization can continue to save lives.”

“I’ve been very fortunate to have two rewarding careers — one in the music industry and one in the field of addiction recovery,” said Lasher. “I’ve made countless friends in both, and have wonderful memories spanning many years. And because I’ve seen the ravages of addiction take their toll on artists, crew members, myself, and others who work in the music business, I’ve been a supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund from the very beginning. Their programs give people their dignity and their lives back.”

This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person; contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. General Admission Balcony Seats for $55 per person are available only through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 a.m. PT on March 23 at www.ticketmaster.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.

Cantrell’s contributions to the landscape of modern rock music are undeniable, and the music he has written has not only moved millions of people, but has stood the test of time. Raised in a military family that moved frequently when he was a child, it’s fitting that Cantrell would follow a career path that’s led him around the world. After several years honing his skills with local bands in the Seattle area, Cantrell formed Alice In Chains in 1987, alongside bandmates Kinney, Layne Staley, and Mike Starr. The band quickly developed a devout following, and by 1989 signed with Columbia Records. Over the course of their career Alice In Chains have achieved international acclaim, releasing albums and EPs that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and charted 13 top 10 rock singles. The band also had two consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 1994’s Jar Of Flies, which became the first EP in history to achieve the feat.

Alice In Chains have played to packed-house audiences around the world, received multiple GRAMMY nominations and other accolades and — alongside fellow Seattle bands Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden — changed the face of popular music. Upon Alice In Chains’ hiatus from touring in 1996, Cantrell continued to write prolifically, releasing two successful solo albums. Four years after the passing of Staley in 2002, Alice In Chains reformed and subsequently released Black Gives Way To Blue in 2009. The critically lauded albumdebuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, landed two No. 1 songs on Billboard‘s Rock Songs chart, and was certified gold. Cantrell was also voted Best Guitarist of the Year by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Firmly re-established as one of the world’s preeminent rock bands, Alice In Chains capped 14 months of touring in support of the album with a sold-out arena run, and are currently working on their next album.

Lasher is a certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselor, and a certified ARISE Interventionist. Sober for approximately 25 years, Lasher has emerged as an active leader in creating alcohol and substance abuse recovery opportunities for individuals in the music industry. He has been a consultant for MusiCares and its Safe Harbor Room® program, which was first established backstage at the 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast to provide a support system to artists and crew members struggling with addiction issues. Lasher is also a consultant to Caron Treatment Centers and a member of Caron’s New York advisory board.

In addition to his accomplishments in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse, Lasher is a music industry veteran who has worked with Pat Benatar, James Blunt, Billy Idol, Huey Lewis, Rob Thomas, and many more top artists. He has more than 30 years of experience, including work at radio and major record labels and his past 20 years in the music publishing industry. He currently serves as a senior consultant for Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York, where he works closely with creative and licensing executives on priority artists and projects. Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers more than 750,000 copyrights by such legendary artists as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Little Richard, Diane Warren, and Hank Williams, among others. Its growing current roster of chart-topping artists includes Akon, Colbie Caillat, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Shakira, Taylor Swift, and KT Tunstall.

The MusiCares Foundation®offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses including rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.

The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicaresand follow @MusiCares on Twitter at www.twitter.com/musicares.

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GRAMMY®-winning composer/songwriter Robert Sherman has crafted some of the most timeless and instantly recognizable songs of all time. Along with his brother Richard, he composed scores for such legendary films as Charlotte’s WebChitty Chitty Bang BangThe Jungle BookMary PoppinsWinnie The Pooh, and many more. Perhaps most notably, they wrote one of the most recognized songs on the planet, “It’s A Small World.” His work will forever live in the hearts of children as well as adults for many generations to come, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and the child in all of us.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy