The GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation have announced that the two organizations will merge into the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum Foundation, which will offer the best of each organization's initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming. The integrated organization will become the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music.
Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has expanded its executive team, including the appointment of Scott Goldman as Executive Director. Previously Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Goldman will oversee the Museum's development, programming, curatorial services, and strategic planning. Bob Santelli, the Museum's original and previous Executive Director, will transition into the newly created position of Founding Executive Director, focusing on the pursuit of domestic and international market expansions, development of business alliances and strategies, and opportunities for further growth and evolution of the GRAMMY Museum and its missions.
"Both the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation have done such truly remarkable work as individual organizations that we started to think about what we could achieve together," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This integration will allow us to combine our resources and the expertise of our dedicated staffs to increase the impact of our shared vision: to cultivate a greater understanding of the history and cultural significance of music, inspire its appreciation and advance its future."
"By bringing together these two organizations that have already made a lasting impact as individual entities, we stand to achieve tremendous gains as well as scale our efforts," said Goldman. "I'm thrilled to lead the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum and look forward to bringing more resources and scale to our programs as we continue to use music as a gateway to learning."
"For 10 years, I have had the unique and exciting opportunity to run what began as a one-of-a-kind 21st century Museum," said Bob Santelli. "Together with my stellar staff, we've created interactive exhibits that have traveled the country and the world. And now, with footprints in the south via GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and our GRAMMY Museum Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville along with our recently announced projects in New Jersey and China, I couldn't be more excited to continue the expansion of the GRAMMY Museum brand."
In 2017 the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum plans to broaden and strengthen its programs by including those previously included under the GRAMMY Foundation umbrella. Moving forward, the Museum will place a stronger emphasis on growing its education and curriculum-based initiatives in an effort to make music education accessible to students nationwide.