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The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a GRAMMY Week event titled Shaken Rattled And Rolled on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Village recording studios in Los Angeles. The event will honor GRAMMY-winning producer T Bone Burnett for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. GRAMMY-winning artists Elton John and Leon Russell will serve as honorary event co-chairs.
"When the Producers & Engineers Wing was established, an essential voice was created for music makers: the voice of those 'behind the glass' that work so diligently to ensure that the quality and integrity of recorded music is captured and preserved," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to one of our industry's finest, T Bone Burnett, whose visionary talent and masterful skills have greatly impacted the landscape of audio production."
The 10-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Burnett has a body of work that spans 40 years, including producer credits for artists such as Elvis Costello, Jakob Dylan, Elton John & Leon Russell, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, k.d. lang, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. Burnett has also produced the soundtracks for many film projects, including Across The Universe; Cold Mountain; Crazy Heart; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Big Lebowski; and Walk The Line.
Key achievements of the P&E Wing over the past decade include:
• The creation of best practices guidelines: "Recommendations For Delivery Of Recorded Music Projects," "Recommendations For Surround Sound Production," and "Digital Audio Workstation Guidelines For Music Production."
• Partnership with leading data management firm BMS/Chace and the Library of Congress to develop CCD (Content Creator Data), a structured metadata framework that includes an application for the collection of technical, descriptive and participant information during the recording process.
• Leading the charge for The Recording Academy's advocacy participation in the matter of wireless microphones and "white spaces," organizing letter-writing and phone campaigns, and lobbying in Washington, D.C. A key victory was achieved for musicians, singers and sound engineers with the FCC's order reserving two channels in every market for wireless microphones and affording microphone users further protection through registration in a database. Other advocacy issues the P&E Wing has supported include copyright enforcement and performance royalties for artists, musicians and record producers.
• Working in partnership with The Recording Academy's 12 regional Chapters, more than 35 events are produced annually that focus on professional development and education for producers and engineers.
GRAMMY Week culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13 airing live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter.
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