The Grammy Museum and the Grammy Foundation have merged to create America’s leading music education institution.
The newly merged organisations will offer the best of each organisation’s initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming.
“Both the Grammy Museum and Grammy Foundation have done such truly remarkable work as individual organisations that we started to think about what we could achieve together,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This integration will allow us to combine our resources and the expertise of our dedicated staffs to increase the impact of our shared vision: to cultivate a greater understanding of the history and cultural significance of music, inspire its appreciation, and advance its future.”
Over the past year, the GRAMMY Foundation has provided 20 grants, totalling $300,000, to facilitate a wide range of research, archiving, and preservation projects. Since 2010, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in cash grants to more than 600 schools around the country. Since opening, the Museum has curated more than 60 exhibits, including more than 20 that have toured other cultural institutions across the world, and hosted more than 650 public programs, featuring artist interviews, live performances, film screenings, lectures, and continuing education classes. This past year, the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation collectively served nearly 100,000 students through local and national education initiatives.
In 2017, the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum plans to broaden and strengthen its portfolio of programs by including those that were previously under the GRAMMY Foundation umbrella. Moving forward, the Museum will place a stronger emphasis on expanding its education and curriculum-based initiatives in an effort to narrow the accessibility gap created by pared-down music education programming in schools nationwide.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 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 accomplished this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation worked in partnership year-round with 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.
The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation created in 2008 as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and travelling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver.