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GRAMMY Museum's Latest Virtual GRAMMY Career Day To Feature Cheryl Cobb, Jody Watley & David Sears

Jody Watley in 2019

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GRAMMY Museum's Latest Virtual GRAMMY Career Day To Feature Cheryl Cobb, Jody Watley & David Sears

Students from three high schools—Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo., Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. and Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz.—will participate

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On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the GRAMMY Museum, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, will continue its virtual GRAMMY Career Day music industry mentorship series for students. The online day of mentorship and career advice will feature GRAMMY-winning music and style icon Jody Watley, President of Cheryl Cobb Entertainment Cheryl Cobb and the GRAMMY Museum's own David R. Sears, Vice President of Education for GRAMMY In The Schools.

Students from three high schools—Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo., Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. and Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz.—will participate in the event.

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According to the GRAMMY Museum, the programming "provides insight to high school students about careers that are available to them in the music industry, and direction on how to prepare for them. GRAMMY Career Day provides an opportunity for students to interact with professionals representing a wide range of careers. Speakers for Career Day include GRAMMY winners and nominees, and professionals in related disciplines. These interactive sessions take students through the inner workings of the industry to learn exactly what it takes to make it in the business."

The upcoming session follows eight other star-studded, regional Career Day events hosted this fall. The events are typically held in person across the country, but have gone virtual for the first time this year. More virtual Career Day events will take place in spring 2021, thanks to the continued support of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

For more information on the GRAMMY Museum's extensive music and career education programs as well as current virtual programming, please visit

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The GRAMMY Museum Celebrates Black History Month 2024 With A Series Of Special Programs And Events


The GRAMMY Museum Celebrates Black History Month 2024 With A Series Of Special Programs And Events

Throughout February, the GRAMMY Museum will celebrate the profound legacy and impact of Black music with workshops, screenings, and intimate conversations.

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The celebration isn't over after the 2024 GRAMMYs. In recognition of Black History Month, the GRAMMY Museum proudly honors the indelible impact of Black music on America and the fabric of global pop culture. 

This programming is a testament to the rich heritage and profound influence of Black artists, whose creativity and resilience have shaped the foundation of American music. Through a series of thoughtfully curated events — including educational workshops, family programs, special screenings, and intimate conversations — the Museum aims to illuminate the vibrant legacy and ongoing evolution of Black music. 

From a workshop on the rhythmic storytelling of hip-hop following its 50th anniversary and the soulful echoes of Bill Withers' classics, to the groundbreaking contributions of James Brown and the visionary reimagination of "The Wiz," these GRAMMY Museum programs encapsulate the enduring legacy and dynamic future of Black music.

The GRAMMY Museum invites audiences to delve into the stories, sounds, and souls that have woven Black music into the tapestry of our shared human experience. Through this journey, the Museum and the Recording Academy honor the artists, visionaries, and pioneers whose talents have forever altered the landscape of music and culture. 

Read on for additional information on the GRAMMY Museum's month-long tribute that explores, appreciates and celebrates the invaluable contributions of Black music to our world.

Thurs., Feb. 8

History of Hip-Hop Education Workshop

WHAT: In celebration of the 50 years of hip-hop, this workshop examines the unique evolution of Hip Hop from its origin to where the genre is today. Highlighting the golden age of Hip Hop, this lesson will provide students with a greater understanding of the struggles and triumphs of the genre.

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

REGISTER: Click here.

Sat., Feb. 10

Family Time: Grandma’s Hands

WHAT: Join us for a very special family program celebrating the recently released children’s book Grandma’s Hands based on one of Bill Withers’ most beloved songs. Bill’s wife, Marcia, and daughter, Kori, will participate in a book reading, conversation, audience Q&A, and performance, followed by a book signing. The program is free (4 tickets per household.)

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

REGISTER: Click here.

Mon., Feb. 12

Celebrating James Brown: Say It Loud

WHAT: The GRAMMY Museum hosts a special evening on the life and music of the late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown. The program features exclusive clips from A&E's forthcoming documentary James Brown: Say It Loud, produced in association with Polygram Entertainment, Mick Jagger’s Jagged Films and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Two One Five Entertainment, followed by a conversation with Director Deborah Riley Draper, superstar Producer Jimmy Jam, and some surprises.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

REGISTER: Click here.

Sat., Feb. 17

Backstage Pass: "The Wiz"

WHAT: Presented in partnership with the African American Film Critics Association, join us for an afternoon spotlighting the famed Broadway Musical, "The Wiz," with the producers and creative team responsible for the Broadway bound reboot. The program will feature a lively conversation, followed by an audience Q&A in the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, and will be hosted by AAFCA President, Gil Robertson, and GRAMMY Museum Education & Community Engagement Manager, Schyler O’Neal. The program is free (four tickets per household).

WHEN: 1 p.m.

REGISTER: Click here.

Thurs., Feb. 22

History of Hip-Hop Education Workshop

WHAT: In celebration of the 50 years of hip-hop, this workshop examines the unique evolution of Hip Hop from its origin to where the genre is today. Highlighting the golden age of Hip Hop, this lesson will provide students with a greater understanding of the struggles and triumphs of the genre.

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

REGISTER: Click here.

Reel To Reel: A Hip Hop Story

WHAT: In conjunction with the GRAMMY Museum's exhibit, Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit, the GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a special screening of A Hip Hop Story with a post-screening conversation featuring Affion Crockett to follow.

WHEN: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

REGISTER: Click here.

Sun., Feb. 25

Lunar New Year Celebration

WHAT: Join us for a special program celebrating Lunar New Year as we usher in the Year of the Dragon with a performance by the South Coast Chinese Orchestra. The orchestra is from Orange County and uses both traditional Chinese instruments and western string instruments. It is led by Music Director, Jiangli Yu, Conductor, Bin He, and Executive Director, Yulan Chung. The program will take place in the Clive Davis Theater. This program is made possible by the generous support of Preferred Bank. The program is free (four tickets per household).

WHEN: 1:30 p.m.

REGISTER: Click here.

Tues., Feb. 27

A Conversation With Nicole Avant

WHAT: The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome best-selling author, award-winning film producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ambassador Nicole Avant to the museum’s intimate 200-seat Clive Davis Theater for a conversation moderated by Jimmy Jam about her new memoir Think You’ll Be Happy – Moving Through Grief with Grit, Grace and Gratitude. All ticket buyers will receive a signed copy of the book.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

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Virginia's Annie Ray To Be Honored With 2024 Music Educator Award
Annie Ray


Virginia's Annie Ray To Be Honored With 2024 Music Educator Award

Presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, 2024 Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a significant contribution and demonstrate a commitment to music education.

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Ahead of the 2024 GRAMMYs, Virginia educator Annie Ray will receive the 2024 Music Educator Award during the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Ceremony on Sat, Feb. 3.  

Ray is both the Orchestra Director and Performing Arts Department Chair at Annandale High School in Virginia's Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system. She advocates for universal access to quality music education, and has developed creative opportunities to make music accessible to students of all demographics. 

For example, her FCPS Parent Orchestra enables just under 200 caregivers to learn to play their child’s instrument each year. Ray also created the Crescendo Orchestra program to bring the joy of orchestra to high school students with severe developmental or intellectual disabilities. In January 2022,  the program was featured in The Washington Post. 

Based on this work, TEDx reached out and asked Ray to give a talk in April 2022. She has presented at numerous colleges and conferences on the topic and was named the 2023 FCPS Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year for her work on equity in education. Ray is also a member of the StringRise professional development team and was a 2023 Wolf Trap Educator Guarantee for the AHS partnership with GRAMMY-nominated artist Christylez Bacon

She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband Irving and their girls Eloise and Millie. She is an adventurer at heart, and her biggest bucket list item is to one day win "The Amazing Race."

As the Music Educator Award recipient, Ray will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for her school's music program. Nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

The nine semifinalists are:

Meg Byrne: Pleasant Valley High School  Bettendorf, Iowa

Ernesta Chicklowski: Roosevelt Elementary   Tampa, Florida

Michael Coelho: Ipswich Middle and High School Ipswich, Massachusetts

Antoine Dolberry: P.S. 103 Hector Fontanez School  Bronx, New York

Jasmine Fripp: KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School   Nashville, Tennessee

J.D. Frizzell: Briarcrest Christian School  Eads, Tennessee

Coty Raven Morris: Portland State University  Portland, Oregon

Kevin Schoenbach: Oswego High School  Oswego, Illinois

Matthew Shephard: Meridian Early College High School  Sanford, Michigan

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Nominations and applications for the 2025 Music Educator Award are now open via

The Music Educator Award program, including honorariums, is made possible by the generosity and support of The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

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GRAMMY Week 2024: At GRAMMY Museum's Student Showcase Finale, High School Students Shred, Sing & Inspire
Honeybee performs at the GRAMMY Museum Student Showcase at the GRAMMY Museum

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GRAMMY Week 2024: At GRAMMY Museum's Student Showcase Finale, High School Students Shred, Sing & Inspire

An eclectic group of performers took to the Clive Davis Theater stage on Jan. 27, wowing audiences with everything from intimate tales of perseverance to all-out rock and 2024 GRAMMYs-related raps.

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High school students from throughout Southern California descended upon the GRAMMY Museum on Jan. 27 for a two-hour musical extravaganza. At the inaugural Student Showcase Finale, an eclectic blend of jazz, rock, pop, dance, soul, hip-hop and R&B acts performed for a jam-packed audience inside the Museum's Clive Davis Theater.

It had already been a full day at the GRAMMY Museum by the time Emcee Schyler O’Neal — whose offstage role is GRAMMY Museum’s Manager of Education and Communication — welcomed attendees for the evening showcase. Beginning at 9 a.m., the students were immersed in activities aimed at offering tools for moving forward in the music industry. The students learned about live production and touring, then worked with the GRAMMY Museum’s production team to learn the soundboard and how to communicate with engineers. Each performer also received live feedback from music industry professionals immediately following their rehearsals. 

Each performer during the Student Showcase Finale performed two songs, and opening act Hedy began the night with high energy. The newly formed jazz-fusion band, named after legendary actress Hedy Lamarr, is fronted by the enchanting Lexie Shehab. The four-piece of HP Emerich (piano), Fenella Nishigawara (bass) and Savannah Tweedt (drums) celebrates women in jazz, and delivered a soulful cover of Esperanza Spaulding’s "Precious."

Next up was Dione, a Mexico-born singer/songwriter who told the audience that her song "Se Deja Sentir" allowed her to connect with her Latin roots. Donning a black cowboy hat and silver cowboy boots with tassels, the powerhouse vocalist brought a unique flair to her performance. One of the highlights of her set was a playful dance routine incorporated into her song during an instrumental break. 

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Kieler (pronounced Kyler) Avery followed, sharing that she wrote her song, "Living Room," after a six-month bout of writer’s block. It would seem that the excellent song was definitely worth the wait for Avery, who donned an eye-catching bright green outfit as she strummed on an acoustic guitar. 

Reviving the era of barbershop quartets, Spark, entranced the audience with their color-coordinated black and white outfits and engaging cover of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Comprised of best friends Ava Winkle, Prajna Krishnamurthy Adiga, Rheyah Gangadharan and Sanjeevani Kumar, Spark also performed synchronized dance moves.

Multi-instrumentalist Sam Sweeney took the stage next for his first-ever live performance. At once compelling and nonchalant, Sam rapped over a blend of jazz, psychedelia and soul instrumentals, which he also produced. His song "Wall Sketches" featured clever rhymes about the 2024 GRAMMYs and bold commentary about the music industry.

It’s not every day that a singer/songwriter co-writes a song with her mother, but that’s exactly what Kayla Pincus did with her mom, Dorothy, a musician and singer who has toured with Barry White and Barry Manilow. Together, they penned "Everything’s Closed," an emotional song performed beautifully by Kayla and her backing band of Eliya Ben-Ezra (guitar), Max Weiner (bass) and Victor Cyrus-Franklin (drums).

Shaking things up with some blistering, melodic hard rock, the high energy trio Honeybee, raised the roof with their thunderous new song "Crashing Down." Lead singer/guitarist Liam Williams, donned an on-brand t-shirt with graphics of a honeycomb and bees, alongside bassist Theo O’Gara and drummer Vinnie Naccarato.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Iris Le took the stage next for a softer but equally powerful performance. Before launching into a gorgeous, goosebumps-inducing performance of "Could I," Iris bravely shared that they wrote the song during a period in which they were struggling with mental health and self-esteem issues.

Zharia Armel, who has coined herself the "Pop Princess of Compton," promptly took ownership of the stage following Iris Le. Zharia offered a sassy, soulful delivery of her catchy hip-hop, pop and R&B-infused song "Friends" while also moving alongside her energetic backup dancers Asenath Alexander and Zoe Miller. 

Next, singer/songwriter Maya Ixta Delgado told the audience she was proud to be in touch with her cultural heritage and singing "Time," a bilingual English and Spanish song. Maya shared how the song was inspired her elementary school experience in Texas where she was told that she was only permitted to speak in English. She was accompanied for her stirring performance by musicians Daniel Jimenez Alfanador (guitar), and Noah Unterberger (drums). Justin Tinucci (bass) joined in for her second song.

The final performance of the night was Latina punk rock trio What Can I Say, comprised of Krista Warner, Sophia Zavala, and Natalia Luevanos. The group closed the evening with a potent display of Latina girl boss power with their sassy, dynamic song "Jane Bond," which left the audience shaken, not stirred, in the best way possible.

After the performances, GRAMMY in The Schools Director Julie Mutnansky thanked everyone for attending and to express the GRAMMY Museum’s enthusiasm for this new program which allows students to showcase their music. 

GRAMMY Museum Announces 2024 GRAMMY Week Programming Schedule

GRAMMY Museum Announces 2024 GRAMMY Week Programming Schedule

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GRAMMY Museum Announces 2024 GRAMMY Week Programming Schedule

See below for all the programming the GRAMMY Museum has scheduled ahead of Music's Biggest Night, which will air on CBS and Paramount+ on Sun. Feb. 4 (8 -11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT)

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The 2024 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and accordingly, all corners of the Recording Academy are on the move. This includes the one GRAMMY Museum, which is dedicated to preservation, exploration and celebration of the history of the golden gramophone and everything related to it.

Ahead of Music's Biggest Night, which will air on CBS and Paramount+ on Sun. Feb. 4 (8 -11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT), the GRAMMY Museum has announced its 2024 GRAMMY Week schedule of events and programming.

All GRAMMY In The Schools Fest education programs are free for students with registration. More information listed below. For those who cannot attend the education programs in-person, they can be livestreamed here.

Sat., Jan. 27:
EVENT: GRAMMY Museum Student Showcase
The Student Showcase program is designed to offer high school students an opportunity to showcase their musical talents on stage at the GRAMMY Museum. High school musical acts from the Los Angeles and Southern California area from a variety of genres — including solo performers, bands and groups — will perform in the Museum's award-winning Clive Davis Theater. Ahead of the actual showcase, students will participate in panel discussions focusing on careers in music, content creation and stage presence, as well as receive real time feedback from industry professionals during rehearsals. The Student Showcase Finale will be free, open to the public, and livestreamed to reach a wider audience and allow performers to promote their music.
WHEN: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here.

Mon., Jan. 29:
EVENT: Backstage Pass: Coco Jones
Backstage Pass is a career exploration program that gives students a first-hand look at what it takes to get a job in the music industry. This Backstage Pass program will consist of a question-and-answer session with five-time GRAMMY-nominated R&B artist Coco Jones
WHEN: 11 a.m – 12 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here.

EVENT: 1500 Sound Academy Presents: Turning A Listener Into A Supporter Masterclass ft. James Fauntleroy
1500 Sound Academy is a trailblazing music education institution that strives to produce passionate sound creators through mentorship, positive mindset and professional development. In a Masterclass session, GRAMMY Award winner James Fauntleroy will discuss what drives someone to transition from merely enjoying your music in passing, into becoming an ardent fan who purchases your merchandise, attends your concerts, and even changes their profile picture to your image.
WHEN: 1 – 2 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here.

EVENT: The Ray Charles Terrace at the GRAMMY Museum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
An exclusive reception and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Ray Charles Terrace at the GRAMMY Museum. This official GRAMMY Week Event is hosted by GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam, with music curated by DJ Khalil and special performances by GRAMMY-nominated singers Aloe Blacc and Jac Ross.
WHEN: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
REGISTER: Invite only.

Tue., Jan. 30:
EVENT: Live Out L!ve Presents: Creating Your Space In Live Music
This insightful conversation features successful industry professionals who have carved their niche in the live music scene. Our discussion will focus on leveraging opportunities across diverse markets and establishing thriving businesses. Key aspects such as market understanding, timing, and effective management strategies will be explored. The panel will feature Eboni Gentry of Gentry Touring, Loren Medina of Guerrera Marketing & PR, and Antonio Dowe of The RnB Block Party, moderated by Candace Newman, CEO & Founder of Live Out L!ve.
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here.

EVENT: Def Jam at 40: The Evolution of Hip-Hop's Greatest Label ft. Tunji Balogun, Chuck D and Benny The Butcher
Join us for this exclusive GRAMMY Week event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Def Jam Recordings. This panel will consist of an exclusive interview with Tunji Balogun, Chuck D and Benny The Butcher, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Moderated by author, host, editor, and producer, Elliott Wilson. 
WHEN: 1 – 2 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here.

EVENT: Celebrating GRAMMY Nominee: Madison Cunningham
As part of the GRAMMY Museum's celebration of GRAMMY Week, we are thrilled to welcome GRAMMY Award-winning artist and current GRAMMY nominee Madison Cunningham for an intimate conversation and special performance, in celebration of her GRAMMY nomination this year for Best American Roots Performance.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Click here.

Fri., Feb. 2:
EVENT: GRAMMY Museum Free-For-All, presented by Roland
The GRAMMY Museum will open its  doors for free on Friday, Feb. 2, thanks to the generous support of Roland. Admission to the Museum will be free for all ages from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and features two special beat-making workshops hosted by Roland with award-winning lo-fi artist Sarah the Illstrumentalist at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn the history of the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine, its impact on countless GRAMMY-winning songs, and see how fun and easy it is to create your own 808 beats with Roland Zenbeats, SP Samplers, and software instruments in Roland Cloud. An exclusive preview of "Somewhere in Detroit," Roland's soon-to-be-released short film on Submerge, Underground Resistance, and the soul behind techno's most creative community, will also be showcased during the day.
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FREE TICKETS: Click here.


GRAMMY In The Schools Fest (GITS Fest), presented by the GRAMMY Museum, is a festival celebrating music and music education during GRAMMY Week, leading up to the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. GRAMMY In The Schools Fest features engaging educational panels and workshops, artist interviews, masterclasses and music industry career conversations with guest professionals working in the business. GRAMMY In The Schools Fest will truly localize the GRAMMY Week experience in the world-renowned Clive Davis Theater at the GRAMMY Museum.


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The GRAMMY Museum, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and exploring music from yesterday and today to inspire the music of tomorrow through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum values and celebrates the dynamic connection in people's diverse backgrounds and music's many genres, telling stories that inspire us, and creative expression that leads change in our industry.

For more information, visit, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. And keep watching this space for all things GRAMMY Week, ahead of Music's Biggest Night!

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