Recording Academy officially fires CEO Deborah Dugan
Just before the US Grammy Awards, its organiser the Recording Academy placed its president and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave. Now it has taken the next step and terminated her employment altogether. The industry...
March 3, 2020
Recording Academy’s interim boss promises to make changes
With the Grammy Awards now done and dusted, organiser the Recording Academy can turn its attention fully to dealing with the fallout from the last two weeks – a boss on administrative leave; allegations from both sides...
January 27, 2020
Recording Academy diversity task force renews call for change
And so the saga continues… In December, the US Recording Academy’s task force on diversity and inclusion published a report offering 18 reforms and recommendations for change at the body. In the wake of the last week’s...
January 24, 2020
Grammys fallout continues as Portnow and Katz respond
There’s an awards this week, y’say? The Grammys will undoubtedly make a splash as usual, but the event continues to be overshadowed by the fallout from president and CEO Deborah Dugan being placed on administrative leave,...
January 23, 2020
Triller bags an official partnership for the Grammy Awards
The US Recording Academy may be in the thick of a full-blown crisis following the defenestration of its boss Deborah Dugan, but with the Grammy Awards imminent, it’s still business as usual on the latter front. That includes...
January 22, 2020
Recording Academy fallout continues as Dugan complaint published
Is there any way that this week’s Grammy Awards can NOT be overshadowed by the fallout from Recording Academy boss Deborah Dugan being placed on administrative leave? Given yesterday’s developments, surely not. Dugan...
January 22, 2020
Recording Academy interim boss slams ‘leaks and misinformation’
Is the controversy around Recording Academy boss Deborah Dugan being placed on administrative leave going to quieten down in the days leading up to the organisation’s flagship event, the Grammy Awards? No. No it is not....
January 21, 2020
Sparks fly as Recording Academy boss ousted days before Grammys
In 2018, the Grammy Awards sparked a controversy over Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow’s comments about women needing to “step up” in the music industry. Two years on, the event is taking place amid another storm,...
January 20, 2020
Sandbox Issue 222: SYNC IN. Music Synchronisation Gets Smarter
Lead: as synchronisation grows in importance, a new wave of tools is emerging to make that whole process work seamlessly and smarter, covering both micro-licensing and pitch management. We look at the key players here, what...
February 20, 2019
Recording Academy boss Portnow criticises streaming at Grammys
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow took aim at “business practices that don’t pay music creators fairly” in his speech at the Grammy Awards last night. “When you stream a song, all the people that created...
February 16, 2016
Pandora set for court battle with BMI over payouts
With songwriter royalties such a talking point at the Grammys, what better time for a high-profile court battle over Pandora’s payments to licensing agency BMI? Pandora might not agree, of course. The trial starts tomorrow (Tuesday...
February 9, 2015
Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore
After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, we can say that it wasn’t just stars who upped their profile – the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever. Recording Academy president...
February 9, 2015