The Recording Academy Extends Portnow’s Contract Through 2019

Neil Portnow

The Recording Academy CEO/President Neil Portnow

The Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy has extended President/CEO Neil Portnow‘s contract through 2019. During semiannual meeting in May, the Board voted unanimously to keep Portnow at the helm of the nonprofit music membership organization. Portnow, had two years remaining on his existing contract, and is now in his second decade at the helm of The Recording Academy. He became President of The Academy in December 2002 and was promoted to President/CEO in September 2007.

In addition to his role as President/CEO of The Recording Academy, Portnow is President/CEO of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Latin Recording Academy.

“Neil is a dynamic leader whose collaborative, inclusive spirit and extensive experience and relationships across all aspects of music and entertainment have delivered dramatic financial, cultural and philanthropic benefits to The Recording Academy and its constituents,” said Christine Albert, Chair of the Board. “As a musician, a member, a longtime elected leader, and industry executive, he is uniquely qualified to understand and address the ongoing needs of our music community especially in today’s constantly evolving industry. Neil selflessly continues to advance The Academy’s profile and mission in everything he does, and he continues to innovate and expand the scope of events, programs and services we offer. His creativity, compassion, humility, and vision have served the organization well, and I, along with my fellow officers and our Board, look forward to our continued collaboration with him as he proceeds to reap even greater rewards on behalf of the organization we all love so much.”

“I am humbled and honored to continue to have our Board’s trust and confidence in steering The Recording Academy’s future,” said Portnow. “Together with our elected leaders from around the country and our tireless staff, we have reached new heights of growth and success, both domestically and internationally. We will continue to strive for even greater levels of excellence and achievement, for the organization and on behalf of our creative community, and I look forward to continuing my second decade of service to this exceptional organization.”


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