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Grammy Nominee Nija Charles, Yvette Noel-Schure Honored at Inaugural ‘Grit Before the Gram’

The mission statement found on the opening page of the program guide for Grit Before the Gram: The Soundtrack of Our Solidarity speaks volumes about the inaugural Grammy Week event held Thursday evening: “For generations black women have been the unsung heroes in the music industry. We are the ones working behind the scenes to...

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Recording Academy Interim Chief Addresses Grammy Voting Irregularity Allegations: Read the Memo

Less than 48 hours before the Recording Academy starts handing out 84 Grammy Awards on Sunday, interim CEO and board chair Harvey Mason Jr. sent an email to the organization’s membership on Friday (Jan. 24) clarifying some of its voter regulations.  The Recording Academy’s voting process has come under renewed scrutiny after its CEO/president Deborah...

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UMG’s Lucian Grainge & Jody Gershon Tout Powerhouse Partnership at Billboard Power List Party

Billboard‘s 2020 Power List party once again celebrated the top executives in the music business on Thursday night, but this year’s event came with new honors and more honorees than ever before. For the first time since the event’s inception, the 2020 edition was not ranked — a point that received applause when noted by...

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She Is The Music Announces ‘SITM12’ Campaign Supported by Major Labels, Disney Music Group, Spotify & More

The nonprofit also appointed USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Dr. Stacy Smith to its Board of Directors. She Is The Music has announced the next phase of its ongoing work to increase the number of women in music: SITM12, a new campaign in which influential companies will provide the global nonprofit with resources to support its three...

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Jody Gerson Reacts to Executive of the Year Honor & Praises Billie Eilish, Rosalía, Lizzo & Shawn Mendes

Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/ceo Jody Gerson caught up with Billboard on the red carpet at the 2020 Billboard Power Event on Thursday (Jan. 23), chatting about how it feels to be named Executive of the Year, which industry changes she is excited to pursue in 2020, and which artists she is especially proud of...

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Roy Hargrove Estate Launches Firm to Manage Late Musician’s Recordings

The estate of acclaimed jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has established Roy Hargrove Legacy LLC. The new company will manage the late musician’s rights, recordings and other properties affiliated with the late Grammy Award winner’s 30-year career. In other related moves, Robb Patryk of the New York City-based law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed has been...

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Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights Asks Court to Ignore ‘Unhelpful and Wrong’ Brief in Licensing Fight

Global Music Rights has filed a motion to disallow what it calls an “intrusion” by the National Assn. of Broadcasters over the NAB’s friend of the court brief on behalf of the Radio Music Licensing Committee. The RMLC is engaged in competing antitrust lawsuits with GMR, the boutique performance rights organization led by Irving Azoff. The...

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Recording Academy Diversity Task Force Issues Blistering Statement in Wake of Deborah Dugan Allegations

The group is calling on the organization’s board of trustees to implement ‘systemic changes.’ With multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination leveled by Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan this week sending shockwaves through the industry, the Recording Academy Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion has issued a scathing statement calling on the organization’s board of...

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