The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Pico & 34th, Los Angeles.JPG
The Recording Academy's former Santa Monica Headquarters on Pico Boulevard & 34th Street
TypeMusic organization
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Official language
Neil Portnow
Grammy Foundation
The entrance of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

The Recording Academy (formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or NARAS) is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other recording professionals. It is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Neil Portnow is its current president.

The Recording Academy, which began in 1957, is known for its Grammy Awards (popularly referred to as "The Grammys"). In 1997, the Recording Academy under Michael Greene launched The Latin Recording Academy, which produces the Latin Grammy Awards.


The origin of the academy dates back to the beginning of the 1950s Hollywood Walk of Fame project. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce asked the help of major recording industry executives in compiling a list of people in the music business who should be honored by Walk of Fame stars.[1][2] The music committee, made up of these executives, compiled a list, but as they worked, they realized there were many more talented industry people who would not qualify to be recognized with a Hollywood Boulevard bronze star. The founding committee members included Jesse Kaye, MGM Records; Lloyd Dunn and Richard Jones, Capitol Records; Sonny Burke and Milt Gabler, Decca Records; Dennis Farnon, RCA Records; and Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, and Doris Day from Columbia Records.[3] This was the start of the academy and also of the Grammy Awards.[4][5][6]

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