To close out The Recording Academy's 50th anniversary celebration and celebrate the recent opening of the GRAMMY Museum, the Chapter partnered with The Academy's Asset Management & Production department to produce The Recording Academy RETROspective: 50 Years of Legacy & Leadership on Jan. 28 at the GRAMMY Museum SoundStage.
The event featured a conversation with The Academy's esteemed past chairs George Avakian (1966-1967), Jay Cooper (1975-77), Bill Ivey (1981-83, 1989-91), Leslie Ann Jones (1999-2001), Phil Ramone (1997-99), and current chair and moderator Jimmy Jam and touched on the different aspects of The Academy, its growth and leadership over the decades, technology, advocacy, and art and commerce.
Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow welcomed guests and GRAMMY Museum Chief Curator Ken Viste invited guests to come back and experience the rest of the Museum. Other special guests in attendance included Jules Chaikin, former Academy Trustee and National Secretary/Treasurer; John Cossette, GRAMMY Awards telecast executive producer; Pierre Cossette, GRAMMY Awards telecast executive producer emeritus; Christine Farnon, original assistant to the Academy Founders Committee and retired executive vice president; Stan Freberg, author of The Academy's original "credo"; Quincy Jones, GRAMMY-winning producer and The Academy's 50th Celebration ambassador; Ron Kramer, former Academy Chairman; and Michael Melvoin, former President/Chairman.
During the discussion portion of the program, Jones was invited to the stage and shared with the audience his latest cause, his petition to President Obama to appoint a secretary of the arts in his cabinet. This was truly a special evening for The Academy and members felt more connected as they learned about the history and origins of our 50-year-old organization directly from the leaders that have shaped its legacy.