A More Global Grammys? — Recording Academy Expands Into Middle East & Africa

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The Recording Academy has announced it has reached agreements with the Ministries of Culture and key stakeholders in the Middle East and Africa to extend its efforts to support music creators on a global scale.

The Recording Academy is now working with the Ministries of Culture in Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria; the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi for the United Arab Emirates, the Rwanda Development Board, and the Ministry of Sports, Arts, and Culture in South Africa. Additionally, the Recording Academy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOUs) with Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Through these newly announced agreements, the Academy will collaborate with its partners on a framework to bolster the Academy’s presence and services in these rapidly growing music regions—taking its mission international. The Recording Academy says it aims to champion music creators at all levels, empower creators through enhanced training with its GRAMMY GO online learning platform, produce original content, and enhance support for existing members in these regions.

As a cornerstone of this initiative, the Recording Academy will publish a series of reports highlighting the Academy’s research and insights into these music markets. It will also advocate for strong intellectual property legislation and protections for music creators in each of these regions.

“This is exciting because music is one of humanity’s greatest natural resources,” says CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “It is critical that the people who dedicate themselves to creating music have support, resources, and opportunities, no matter where they are from.”

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to supporting music creators around the world,” adds Panos A. Pany, Recording Academy President. “Our expansion efforts in to these fast-growing regions reflect our commitment to fostering a truly global music community, where creators at every stage of their careers and from every corner of the world have the resources and support they need to thrive.”