I'm an indie artist. Am I eligible for a GRAMMY?
In May The Recording Academy held its annual spring Board of Trustees meeting, during which Academy Trustees approved a number of changes to the GRAMMY Awards process and categories. In our latest installment of Ask The GRAMMYs, we address a question regarding indie artists and the GRAMMY Awards.
What can small-budget indie artists do to get the attention of GRAMMY members?
— Vaughn Holloway
Hi, Vaughn. Thank you for your question, we always enjoy hearing from music makers. First, one of the most beneficial things any artist, including indie artists, can do is to join The Recording Academy as a voting member and participate in the awards process. Voting members are professionals with creative or technical credits on six commercially released tracks or 12 digitally released tracks, and may include vocalists, conductors, songwriters, composers, engineers, producers, instrumentalists, arrangers, and art directors, among others.
As a member in good standing, you can enter recordings into the GRAMMY Awards process.
And you should know that indie artists have enjoyed a lot of success at the GRAMMYs. Did you know that — according to a report from the American Association of Independent Music — indie music took home 50 percent of the trophies at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26? Among the indie winners were Del McCoury Band, Paquito D'Rivera and Trio Corrente, Jennifer Gasoi, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (who earned four awards, including Best New Artist), Mandisa, Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea, Roomful Of Teeth, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, and Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.
If you want to learn more about the GRAMMYs and the community of Recording Academy members, visit our newly launched member website GRAMMYPro.com.
(Have a specific GRAMMY Awards process question? Need the 411 on The Recording Academy's advocacy-related work in Washington? Are you curious about MusiCares or the GRAMMY Foundation? Ask The GRAMMYs is your opportunity. Send your burning GRAMMY-related question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)