GRAMMY Awards, MusiCares and Lessons Learned from the DIY World

February 11, 2013

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Congrats to all who won GRAMMY Awards last night! What a night!

Congrats also to all the Texas artists who were nominated this year! You have made us proud!

I was struck after hearing this article on NPR’s Morning Edition about how times have changed in the music industry even at the level of the GRAMMY Awards. Traditionally, I have thought of the GRAMMY’s as the place where the artists whose songs are among the most mainstream in our culture are recognized. Maybe in the past there were awards and nominations given to lesser-known folks but that usually happened outside of the prime time broadcast. It appears that there is a new day at the GRAMMY’s and the type of DIY mentality that has propelled the careers of so many talented and amazing musicians has a place in the GRAMMY process. Listen and learn how Al Walser was nominated and Justin Bieber was not. Never heard of Al Walser? Me either. Listen to the article. It’s interesting stuff.

What many people don’t know about the folks at the GRAMMY’s is they are doing tremendous charitable work. There are two programs in particular that I want to highlight:

MusiCares – MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. MusiCares has helped A LOT of musicians enrolled in HAAM and we thank everyone involved!

The GRAMMY Foundation – The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with The Recording Academy to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

Both these programs are benefiting from an on-line auction that continues until February 21. Please consider bidding and supporting our musicians!