The Recording Academy Names National Officers Of The Board Of Trustees

The Recording Academy has announced its newly-elected National Officers of the Board of Trustees.

Record producer Harvey Mason Jr. has been elected as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and managing partner of Placement Music Tammy Hurt will serve as Vice Chair. Veteran music executive Terry Hemmings was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer and recording artist and founder/CEO of Swan Songs Christine Albert assumes the position of Chair Emeritus. All officer appointments were effective on June 1, 2019.

“Following the outcome of our annual spring Board of Trustees meeting, it’s clear the Recording Academy’s governance continues to demonstrate its commitment to keeping the Academy a relevant and responsive organization,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We are thrilled with the diversity and depth of music industry experience embodied by our new slate of National Officers. These esteemed and talented individuals will continue to carry out the mission of this organization which works on behalf of all music creators and professionals year-round.”

Harvey Mason Jr. has penned and produced songs for Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears and more. Mason has been instrumental in producing music films and TV events including DreamgirlsSparkleShrek, the Pitch Perfect franchise, Straight Outta ComptonSING, and TV shows, including The Wiz Live! and Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.

Tammy Hurt has served on the Board of the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter for 14 years. Hurt is the managing partner of Placement Music, a boutique entertainment firm specializing in custom music, scoring, and licensing, which was commissioned by FOX Sports for a second consecutive Super Bowl broadcast to create an original full orchestral score. Additional credits include Paramount Pictures, CBS, MTV, HBO, BET, Sony, Lifetime, Hallmark, NFL, NASCAR, True Blood, Dexter, Drop Dead DivaMean Girls 2, and multiple custom placements in the indie film HITS, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. A co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Georgia Music Partners, Hurt spearheaded the campaign to create and pass Georgia’s first standalone music tax incentive, the Georgia Music Investment Act. She is a recipient of Catalyst Magazine‘s Top 25 Entrepreneurs and Ones to Watch Award and is an openly LGBTQ Officer of the Academy.

Terry Hemmings serves as president/CEO of Provident Music Group (Sony Music Entertainment), overseeing Provident Label Group—Essential Records, Reunion Records, Essential Worship, RCA Inspiration, Essential Sound, Verity, Fo Yo Soul/RCA, ReMade Records, and House Music. His rosters include Casting Crowns, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Matthew West, Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp, and Donnie McClurkin, and Koryn Hawthorne. Hemmings oversees Provident Films (War RoomCourageous, and Woodlawn), Essential Music Publishing, and Essential Artist Services. A Leadership Music alum, he serves on boards of the RIAA, Gospel Music Trust Fund, and Music City Music Council in addition to the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.

Christine Albert is an independent recording artist and founder/CEO of Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit that fulfills musical last wishes. Albert has released 12 independent albums as a solo artist and as part of the folk/Americana duo Albert And Gage. Albert and her husband and musical partner Chris Gage also own and operate MoonHouse Studio and MoonHouse Records in Austin. Albert is known for her “Texafrance” series of French/English recordings that combine her European heritage and Texas musical roots. She has appeared on “Austin City Limits,” was honored as Female Vocalist of the Year by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards, and  was awarded Superstar of Austin Music by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for her community service work. She was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Association Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2018. In addition to her role as Chair Emeritus for the Recording Academy, she also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy and the Board of Directors of MusiCares.

These elected officers, in partnership with current President/CEO Portnow and incoming President/CEO Deborah Dugan, will lead the Board of Trustees and Recording Academy senior staff to strategically guide and shape the mission and policies of the Academy and its affiliates.


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