Grammy Awards merge museum and foundation, expanded programming promised

The recording academy has decided to merge its museum and foundation with the goal of expanding the programming from this combined entity. The mission for the new Grammy Museum Foundation is to be “the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music.” To that end, the idea is that the newly combined entity “will offer the best of each organization’s initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming.”

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To that end, Scott Goldman shifts from his role as VP of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares to be executive director of this new foundation that oversees the Grammy Museum. Bob Santelli, the current executive director of the museum, will now be the Founding Executive Director and charged with market expansion and business strategy and development.

In making the announcement, recording academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, “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.”

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The announcement also catalogued the impressive achievements of both the museum and foundation. “Since 2010, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in cash grants to more than 600 schools around the country. Since opening, the Museum has curated more than 60 exhibits, including more than 20 that have toured other cultural institutions across the world, and hosted more than 650 public programs, featuring artist interviews, live performances, film screenings, lectures, and continuing education classes.”

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