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RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® ANNOUNCES
2009-2010 STEERING COMMITTEE
Wing Leadership Tackles Important Issues Including
Performance Rights, Recording Metadata and Education
MONICA, Calif. (October 21, 2009) — The Producers &
Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® announces its 2009-2010
Steering Committee, the leadership group for the P&E Wing which
works to identify, investigate and recommend solutions for the technical
and economic issues facing today's music production professionals.
The newly seated Committee, consisting of a diverse array of music
engineers, producers and others with hundreds of hit recording credits
among them, will both build upon the significant legacy of progress
established by prior Steering Committees, and work to determine the
key issues confronting music production professionals today, with
the goal of finding meaningful solutions and suggestions for the industry
Steering Committee Co-Chairs Eric Schilling (Florida) and James McKinney
(Washington, D.C.) note the particular emphasis that the P&E Wing
will continue to place on the development of standardized metadata
practices, advocacy for performance rights and educational outreach.
of our top priorities is the recording metadata project we're working
on with the BMS/Chace company and the Library of Congress," stated
Schilling. "We need to address this issue; if we don't, we're
going to end up with no available credits at all and no good way to
track information for payment. We believe that consistent and open
standard metadata systems are essential to the overall recording industry,
not just to the P&E Wing. Something else we believe is good for
the entire industry is support for The Recording Academy's Advocacy
department and the Performance Rights Act – so that's also high
on our list."
goal is to work on projects that will make our industry better,"
added McKinney. "It's about raising the standards of quality
for what we do. Recording is an art form, and the P&E Wing really
represents that. We want our initiatives to assist in raising the
quality of everything that has to do with making and recording music.
To that end, educational outreach is our third main priority –
providing educational and professional development for both professionals
and for the next generation."
members of the 10-person 2009-2010 Steering Committee are Chuck Ainlay,
Carlos Alvarez, Ed Cherney, Mike Clink, Nathaniel Kunkel, Sylvia Massy,
Phil Ramone and Dan Workman.
Ainlay — With multiple GRAMMY® Awards, Chuck Ainlay
is one of Nashville's top recording engineers and a leading pioneer
in the world of surround sound. He has worked as a producer or engineer
for such diverse talents as Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, George
Strait, Taylor Swift, James Taylor, and more. A partnership with Nashville's
famed Sound Stage Studios has enabled him to build his own studio
outfitted with 5.1 mixing, resulting in award-winning projects from
Dire Straits and Peter Frampton. Ainlay also recently recorded and
mixed George Strait's latest album, Twang, which debuted at No. 1
on the Billboard Hot 200.
Carlos Alvarez — Carlos Alvarez's engineering
and production career has taken him around the world while working
with a wide variety of talent, including artists as varied as Juan
Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias and Carrie Underwood, among many others.
Recently garnering GRAMMY Awards for his work with Jose Feliciano
(2008 Best Tropical Album) and Alejandro Sanz (2007 Best Latin Pop
Album), he's also the recipient of six Latin GRAMMYs. In 2007, he
concluded a two-year term as Florida Chapter President for The Recording
Academy and has also served on its Board of Governors since 2002.
Cherney — GRAMMY and TEC Award-winning producer/engineer
Ed Cherney is known for his work with a wide array of artists, among
them Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt,
the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger. Over the years, he has amassed six
GRAMMY nominations and two wins, in addition to seven TEC Award nominations
and five wins, as well as three EMMY nominations. A founding member
of the Music Producers Guild of America, the P&E Wing's direct
forerunner, Cherney has also served as Governor of the Los Angeles
Chapter of The Recording Academy.
Clink — Noted record producer Mike Clink has produced
projects that have sold over seventy million records worldwide. Known
for working with legendary rock acts such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses
and Metallica, Clink also specializes in developing new talent. He
has traveled the world to record numerous giant media events, including
ABC's Millennium Broadcast from Osaka, Japan, the Super Bowl XXXV
Halftime Show, Super Bowl XXXVII pre-game show and the 2002 FIFA World
Cup. A pioneer in live recording and distribution, he has started
a new media company that specializes in the instantaneous fulfillment
of CDs with added value content available immediately after a concert
event. Clink frequently speaks on panels for The Recording Academy
and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).
Kunkel — Since starting his engineering career at the
age of 16, Nathaniel Kunkel has earned an EMMY Award, several Surround
Music Awards and two GRAMMY Awards for his work in surround and stereo
recording and mixing for artists such as B.B. King, the Crystal Method,
Graham Nash, James Taylor, and Sting. His practical experience in
studio construction (including his own innovative, portable and modular
Studio Without Walls) and electrical engineering has also made him
an in-demand consultant for numerous equipment manufacturers.
Massy — Best known as the record producer and engineer
for the groundbreaking rock artists Tool and System of a Down, Sylvia
Massy's career has touched nearly every aspect of the music industry,
including recording, radio, manufacturing, retail, production and
performance. Her recording of Johnny Cash's Unchained won a GRAMMY
for Best Country Album of 1997, and she also produced King Cake by
Lisa Haley, which was nominated for the Best Zydeco Album in 2008.
She has received more than 25 gold and platinum RIAA awards, for artists
as varied as Prince, Paula Abdul, and Tom Petty. She has also been
featured in several books, including Behind the Glass by Howard Massey,
which is often used by major educational programs as part of their
McKinney — Committee Co-Chair James McKinney is an
accomplished pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, musical director, songwriter,
arranger, producer, educator, businessman and philanthropist. Since
relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1988, McKinney has performed for
three U.S. Presidents and has performed with the likes of Kenny Burrell,
Kenny Lattimore, Stevie Wonder, and more. His co-writing and co-production
for Wayna and Kokayi contributed to their projects being nominated
for the 2009 GRAMMY for Best Urban Alternative Performance. McKinney
serves as co-owner/executive of the independent label New Moon Recordings,
LLC, and he also owns and operates Infinite Icon Enterprises, LLC,
which provides production and consulting services to the music industry.
McKinney serves on the Board of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The
Recording Academy and is also a National Trustee.
Ramone — With 10 GRAMMY Awards and an EMMY, Phil Ramone's
musical acumen and use of audio technology are legendary. Renowned
for his work with such elite artists as Tony Bennett, Billy Joel,
Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, among many others,
Ramone has participated as producer, engineer or advisor on recordings
that have sold more than 200 million units in the U.S. alone. Ramone
has also constantly
played a pioneering role in the embrace of new technology, including
the compact disc, DVD, high-definition recording and surround sound.
A former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy
and the P&E Wing, Ramone is currently a Trustee of the MusiCares®
Schilling — Committee Co-Chair Eric Schilling's classic
engineering chops were honed by his training at the legendary Record
Plant. Gloria Estefan's engineer of choice for many years, he is also
acclaimed for his work with artists from Cachao and Babyface to Shakira
and Madonna, and for the last few years he has been one of the main
music mixers for both the GRAMMY and the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecasts.
He has been awarded four GRAMMYs and 10 Latin GRAMMYs, in addition
to an EMMY Award. He serves as Trustee for The Recording Academy's
Florida Chapter and formerly served as Chapter President.
Workman — Dan Workman is a producer/engineer, musician,
studio president and educator. Moving to the producer's chair after
a successful run with the seminal art/noise/rock band Culturcide,
he has engineered some of Texas' most notable artists, including Beyonce,
Destiny's Child, Clay Walker, and ZZ Top. He is president of SugarHill
Recording Studios in Houston, one of the world's oldest continuously
operating production facilities. He is also Music Liaison to the Greater
Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Adjunct Staff at Houston
owe a great debt to all of our past founding Steering Committee members,
including John Alagia, Jeff Balding, Jimmy Douglass, Glenn Lorbecki,
Bob Ludwig, Keith Olsen and Elliot Scheiner," states Maureen
Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. "They charted
the course and are still a huge part of our team as we move forward
under the direction of the diverse group of individuals who comprise
the 2009-2010 committee. At this challenging time in the industry
and in the world economy, we'll need the skills and experience of
all of our leaders and members, to address our challenges, find solutions
and help re-envision the way the music industry works."
Photo Caption: The newly-appointed 2009-2010 Producers & Engineers
Wing® Steering Committee, gathered at the 127th AES Convention
in New York City on October 12, 2009. Pictured L-R: Chuck Ainlay,
Carlos Alvarez, Eric Schilling, Recording Academy P&E Wing Sr.
Executive Director Maureen Droney, Mike Clink, Sylvia Massy, Nathaniel
Kunkel, Dan Workman, James McKinney and Ed Cherney.
Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® ©
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