SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 6, 2011) — On Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, and Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing® presented GRAMMY® GPS: A Roadmap for Today’s Music Biz.
Held over two days at the STAX Music Academy, GRAMMY GPS encompassed numerous musical performances and a full day of professional development including six panels and a keynote by Daniel Glass, head of innovative indie label Glassnote Records, home to the Givers, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, among other critical favorites.
Glass's keynote set the tone for the conference with comments about the importance of true record business professionals who have knowledge and solid experience in everything from A&R to touring to publicity, illustrating his talk with highlights from the path Mumford & Sons took from signing to their 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® appearance.
Following the keynote was Art of the Craft: Corralling the Chaos, presented by the Producers & Engineers Wing and featuring Memphis-based producers Paul Ebersold and Jeff Powell and New York-based producers Ken "Duro" Ifill and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young. Topics included how innovations in recording technology have opened the doors to both creativity and chaos and how today's engineers and producers deal with the resulting challenges as they strive to make great recordings.
Following the conference, attendees adjourned to a reception at the STAX Museum and a post-party with plenty of music at Memphis' legendary club Ernestine and Hazel's.
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Recording Academy® Memphis Sr. Executive Director Jon Hornyak, Producers & Engineers Wing® Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, producer/engineers Ken "Duro" Ifill, Paul Ebersold, Jeff Powell and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy/Wireimage.com © 2011. Photographed by: Greg Campbell.
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Photo Caption 2: Pictured L-R: P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, producer/engineers Ken "Duro" Ifill, Paul Ebersold, Jeff Powell and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011. Photographed by: Greg Campbell.
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Photo Caption 3: Pictured L-R: Producer/engineers Jeff Powell and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2011. Photographed by: Greg Campbell.
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 Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, a Twitter follower at www.twitter.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.