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LEADING MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AND PROFESSIONAL AUDIO MANUFACTURERS SUPPORT GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT HOSTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING®, HONORING ISLAND RECORDS FOUNDER CHRIS BLACKWELL
Held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, "Catch a Fire" Is the P&E Wing’s Third Annual Gathering Recognizing Achievements and Contributions of the Music Industry’s Production Community
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2010) — On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, leading musical instrument and professional audio companies showed their support as The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® honored Island Records founder and legendary record producer Chris Blackwell, who received the P&E Wing's Commitment to Excellence Award. The event, entitled "Catch a Fire," was held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles and was the third annual gathering during GRAMMY® Week that seeks to recognize the achievements and contributions of the music industry's technical creative community. This year's event, held as part of the run-up to the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, was co-hosted by Honorary Event Chairs (and multiple GRAMMY winners) Jimmy Jam and Daniel Lanois. Also in attendance were Jackson Browne, Quincy Jones, Chris Lord-Alge, Jerry Moss, Phil Ramone, Robbie Robertson and Lucinda Williams, to name a few.
West L.A. Music and The Village Studios served as presenting sponsors for the event. Co-sponsors included such leading professional audio manufacturers/institutions as Avid®; Shure Incorporated; PMC Ltd.; Prism Sound; Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL, and Lexicon; Monster Cable® Products; Melodyne®; Korg USA; Native Instruments; MXL; KRK Systems; and Sennheiser. Eco-friendly cocktails were provided courtesy of Anheuser-Busch, VeeV and Fiji Water.
Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, noted, "We’re extremely proud that this event has taken on such importance to our community, and we are tremendously grateful that these manufacturers lent their support to such a gathering."
Pictured are (top row, L-R): William Sculley, West L.A. Music; Casey Young, Lexicon; Mark Spiwak, West L.A. Music; Matt Ferguson, Korg USA; Frank Oglethorpe, Prism Sound; Linda White, Avid Technology, Inc.; Maurice Patist, PMC Ltd.; Greg Pedersen, Monster Cable® Products; Noel Gould, West L.A. Music/Monster Cable Products; Phil Johnson, Korg USA; Gage Karst, Monster Cable Products; Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy®; and Mark Posgay, Monster Cable Products. (Bottom row, L-R): Dave Anderson, Avid Technology, Inc.; Mark Brunner, Shure Incorporated; Gadget Hopkins, West L.A. Music; Michael MacDonald, Harman International, Inc.; and Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional. These representatives from leading musical instrument/professional audio manufacturers supported the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY® Week event, entitled "Catch a Fire," held on January 27, 2010, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage.com. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com/Maury Phillips © 2010.
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 www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.
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