LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — In a bid to foster diversity in their membership, The Recording Academy has implemented a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model.
Effective immediately, the new member submission process will shift to an annual cycle and will focus add two new elements to the process: industry recommendations and peer review.
A Peer Review Panel of music creators will meet each spring to evaluate all new member submissions and will consider a range of criteria—including craft, genre, and overall diversity—in determining whom to invite into the Recording Academy.
According to Billboard, the Academy has invited 900 people – all women, or people of color – to join the organization as voting members.
“The Grammy Awards are already renowned for being a peer-awarded honor, and our new membership model further reinforces that peer-driven commitment to excellence,” said Laura Segura Mueller, Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations. “Membership is the lifeblood of the Recording Academy and a privilege we strive to uphold. Our new membership model puts the power in the hands of the music community and is designed to build an active, representative membership base that reflects our broader culture. By changing the process to Recording Academy membership, we remain committed to setting a positive example for the music industry as a whole.”
The move comes as one of several recommendations from a task force empaneled by the organization in the face of criticism about the apparent underrepresentation of women and minorities in both the organization’s membership and the winners at the annual Grammy Awards.
In October, the Recording Academy invited 900 new members — all women, or people of color, or under the age of 39.