RECORDING ACADEMY MEMBERS’ SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE GRAMMY AWARDS PROCESS
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Your undersigned fellow members of The Recording Academy have respectfully signed this petition, which offers discussion points and related proposed revisions in hopes of improving the Awards process for all members. As The Recording Academy is at its core a representation of the democratic process, gender equality, and presently, several categories honor recognizing the members' majority votes to determine the five nominees, we propose the items outlined herein. We welcome an open discussion on these and other topics in order to strengthen and enhance the Recording Academy and its goals relating to the GRAMMY Awards.
NATIONAL NOMINATION REVIEW COMMITTEES It is our understanding that in certain categories, The National Nomination Review Committees currently consider the top 15 entries through members' majority vote, with the option of adding 2 Wild Card slots, (to recognize outstanding work not receiving majority votes), for a total of 17 entries. Then The National Nomination Review Committees vote to determine the 5 Nominees. As The Recording Academy has implemented this Wild Card component to the awards nomination process in order to recognize the very best entries under consideration, we believe the following additional proposed items, taken together or individually, will assist members in understanding and fully appreciating the review and nomination process:
(A) We propose recognition of the members' majority vote in all categories (with the exception of "CRAFT" categories), and that if not recognized in all categories, at minimum, that the daytime award categories recognize members' majority vote.
(B) Alternatively, we propose honoring the nominations of the top 4 members' majority voted entries, and determine the 5th Nomination slot via The National Nomination Review Committees' majority vote, from Entries 5-15 (the eleven remaining of the top 15), with the option of adding one Wild Card slot to the selection.
(C) We propose that a Certificate of Excellence be made available to recognize those Entrants who earned the top 15 in their category. This certificate could be purchased for the same price, and in the same manner that additional certificates are bought for those who participated in Grammy Nominated projects.
To promote support for all aspects of the awards process and increase member understanding of promotional restrictions in order to avoid related violations, we propose that the following areas be more clearly defined:
(A) DEFINE UNWRITTEN RULES OF SOLICITATION.
It is our understanding that entries earning the top votes have been disregarded/disqualified because they had "too many votes," or were labelled as "over-soliciting," or the artists and any participants seeking consideration in an entry, belong to certain social media groups. We request these guidelines/rules be clearly defined and provided to members, and that the guidelines be applied to all members including major labels, independent labels, and independent individuals.
(B) DEFINE BLOC VOTING. It is our understanding that The Recording Academy disqualifies some entries on the basis of "Bloc Voting." We request these guidelines/rules be clearly defined and provided to members, and that the guidelines be applied to all members including major labels, independent labels, and independent individuals. We would also like to define what function the Deloitte accounting firm has in determining these bloc voting ballots.
AWARDS CEREMONY TICKETS
The GRAMMY Awards is the premier event for music professionals, particularly Academy members. As such, due to the related demand, tickets often sell out in a matter of seconds. To ensure that Academy members are able to participate in the most important event of the year in the music community, we propose that Daytime Program tickets are made available for sale, as a separate event from the Evening Awards, at a more affordable price.
We are confident that the Trustees of The Recording Academy will review our proposed revisions to the awards process, and we thank you in advance for your consideration.
Respectfully submitted, the undersigned Academy members:
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