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VUE Continues Momentum, Announces Representation for the Western U.S.

San Diego, CA (August 30, 2012) - VUE Audiotechnik today announced the appointment of three noted representative firms that will oversee the company’s sales and support efforts across the western U.S.

Building on the momentum sparked by VUE’s first official product unveilings at the InfoComm show in June, these appointments mark the latest step in an aggressive expansion of a worldwide sales and distribution network for the young brand.

H.C. Garrison Company, The SG Group, and Warman Marketing all join VUE Audiotechnik as of August, and can be reached in their prospective territories via the contact information provided below.

“Fostering strong, long-term relationships as a cornerstone to great service is one of our most valued principles at VUE,” explained VUE Audiotechnik’s Executive Vice President Jim Sides. “These firms share that same commitment, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to bring their experience, passion and energy to our efforts.”

California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii

The SG Group
Laurie Valenzi-Buell
(310) 937-7529
laurie@thesggroupreps.com
www.thesggroupreps.com

Washington, Oregon, Western Montana and Northwest Idaho

H.C. Garrison Company
H.C. (Bud) Garrison
(503) 638-4906
hcgarr@aol.com

Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and Southeast Idaho, Eastern Montana

Warman Marketing
Harry Warman
(800) 792-7626
hwarman@comcast.net
www.warmanmarketing.com

About VUE Audiotechnik
VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

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API APPOINTS SOURCE DISTRIBUTION NEW UK DISTRIBUTOR

Pictured from left to right: Dan Zimbelman, API Director of Sales; Steve Angel, Source/HHB Director of Sales; Ian Jones, Source/HHB Managing Director; and Gordon Smart, API Managing Director posing behind the vintage API Legacy console at British Grove Studios, owned by Mark Knopfler.

JESSUP, MARYLAND – AUGUST 2012: API, manufacturer of professional analog recording consoles and outboard processors, has appointed London-based powerhouse Source Distribution as exclusive distributor for its full range of products throughout the United Kingdom. Source, a division of HHB Communications, brings over 35 years of industry experience to the partnership, as well as a client list that includes the BBC, Sky, CNN, and Abbey Road, among others. The company is well known for serving its clients not only with great products and equipment, but also with comprehensive educational and technical support. The addition of API signal processing modules and consoles significantly extends the breadth and depth of high-end analog processing available to Source and HHB clientele.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the great people at Source/HHB,” said Dan Zimbelman, director of sales at API. “HHB Communications has been in this business for almost as long as API has, and the staff’s consistent professionalism and unfailing habit of exceeding expectations has earned HHB a large and loyal client base throughout the UK. It’s a great time for API to broaden our reach throughout the UK market.

“API is a legend in the world of professional recording, and we’re proud to sell its punchy, ‘American’ analog sound on our side of the pond,” said Ian Jones, owner and managing director at HHB Communications. “From its modular lunchbox series to its dedicated rack mount gear, and from its small-frame 1608 to its large-frame Legacy and Vision consoles, API occupies a unique niche in the industry. After all, every audio professional knows what is meant by the phrase, ‘the API sound.’ Is there any other company with this type of name recognition or reputation in this industry? Just watch us run with API.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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New Recording Facility, Castle Rock Studios Opens in UK with SSL AWS 924

AWS Available to Recording, Rehearsal and Presentation Rooms

ALDERLEY EDGE, UK – A Solid State Logic AWS 924 Hybrid Console/Controller is bringing audio together for Castle Rock Studios, a new facility featuring recording, rehearsal and live presentation spaces. The addition of the console helps Castle Rock Studios achieve the design goal of being the only commercial studio in North West England featuring an AWS. The AWS handles everything from capture, mixing and mastering for music recordings to live performances within the Castle Rock building.

“When researching the market for a suitable desk, we decided to scrap our original plans of going for a basic controller as it soon became apparent that the SSL desk was not only a market leader, but scarcely available in commercial studios in the North West of England,” says John Stretford, managing director of Castle Rock Studios, Ltd. “We spoke to leading producers about the AWS and the overwhelming consensus was that SSL was the way to go. The AWS is the industry expression for quality recordings and professional mindset. The console gives us market distinction, while providing the excellence necessary to make our facility a creative haven.”

With the installation of the AWS, the dream of building a mid-level professional studio where experienced engineers and producers could dry hire for projects was achieved. The facility is also designed to attract up- and-coming talent, looking for a place to either record a project or rehearse with the option of recording. A live presentation room rounds out the studio’s offerings, providing a suitable platform for showcase performances. The AWS brings the various space elements together for maximum flexibility.

“The Castle Rock Studio is a recording studio that comprises a surround capable control room, two adjacent window-connected live rooms, a vocal booth and editing room,” Stretford explains. “The AWS gives us excellent control of our three DAW systems and, because we wired all the rooms in the facility back to the AWS, we can offer better options to groups that simply want to come in and use a rehearsal space or host a live presentation.”

Castle Rock Studios also offers three fully-equipped rehearsal rooms, fitted with poly-cylindrical diffusers and adjustable wall mounted panels. The largest of these spaces is also equipped for showcase performances and photo/video shoots with HD video projection facilities. All three rooms are connected via patch panels to capture rehearsals when requested, or Castle Rock can accommodate a small orchestra split into the different rooms.

“The AWS 924 is the ideal tool to accomplish the various aspects of our business,” states Stretford. “We certainly wanted a desk that could address both new media production situations and straight-on recording. In this day of samples and loops, the AWS gives us an advantage when dealing with our DAW software. We asked quite a few industry professionals about what equipment to buy for Castle Rock. While everyone had differing opinions about this or that microphone, outboard mic pre and the like, everyone agreed that the AWS was the best choice for a console hands down.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Heartbreakers Heard Around the World on L-ACOUSTICS K1

Photo credit: Andy Tennille

Robert Scovill once again specifies the system for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ global tour

ESCONDIDO, California — Although Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have certainly seen their share of North American roads over the past three and a half decades together, the group hit the road again in 2012 for a tour which included its first run of European shows in 20 years. Despite the change of scenery, one thing that remained constant throughout the trek was the use of an L-ACOUSTICS K1 loudspeaker system specified by Petty and The Heartbreakers’ longtime FOH engineer, Robert Scovill. more

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PULA FILM FESTIVAL SETS OUTDOOR CINEMA RECORD WITH HARKNESS STAGELITE STEREO 3D SCREEN

PULA, CROATIA, AUGUST 30, 2012 — The 59th Pula Film Festival, held in the ancient Vespasian’s Amphitheatre (dating back to the 1st Century) set a new standard for outdoor 3D film presentation.

Given its extraordinary technical setup, an attendance in the thousands and results that had never been achieved before, the event will be remembered as an industry first in three categories.

Firstly, the 3D projection setup achieved the longest throw distance (using a Barco DP2K-32B projector) ever recorded at 73.6 metres (242ft) exceeding the recommended throw distance. Furthermore, the setup, which included an 18.70 x 8.45m Stagelite Stereo 3D Screen from Harkness Screens, achieved a wide-viewing angle of 60º allowing the 3D presentation to be viewed at suitable brightness levels throughout the entire seating area.

As a result of this, the film festival was able to set what is believed to be a new Guinness World Record for an outdoor 3D presentation with an official attendance of 5,920 visitors.

“We were delighted to supply the Stagelite Stereo surface for the festival and provide installation support. The setup achieved by LMT (Laboratory of Multimedia Technologies in Zagreb), the festival’s technical resource, was nothing short of remarkable and they deserve much praise,” says Tony Dilley, European Sales Manager at Harkness Screens.

Stagelite Stereo is a front projection surface specifically designed for non-cinema 3D applications. Silver aluminium flake based PVC fixed to a unique base material provides high gain characteristics, very low depolarisation level (extinction ratio) and excellent colour temperature. The surface type also supports conventional 2D pictures and is also cleanable.

About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens™ is the world’s largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size. Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.

Founded in 1929, Harkness’ corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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CONTACT:
Richard Mitchell
Harkness Screens
Unit A, Norton Road
Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2BB UK
Tel: +44 (0)1438 725200
Email: r.mitchell@harkness-screens.com
Web: www.harkness-screens.com

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Blue Room Post Secures Its Position as one of Hollywood’s Top ADR Houses for Major Network and Cable TV Shows, including “The Closer,” “Major Crimes,” “Dallas, “90210,” “Revenge,” and Many Others

Manhattan Beach, CA, August 30, 2012 – Securing its position as one of Hollywood’s top ADR houses, Blue Room Post (BRP) has announced the slate of television projects for which the company has been, and is currently, providing those services.

At BRP’s Hollywood facility, located at Raleigh Studios, they just completed the third consecutive year of providing ADR services for TNT’s hit series “The Closer.” According to TNT, 9.1 million viewers tuned in to watch “The Closer’s” series finale which recently aired, making it cable TV’s highest rated telecast of the summer. In addition, 7.2 million viewers then watched the series premiere of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” the spin-off series of “The Closer,” for which BRP also provides ADR services.
BRP regularly provides ADR services to other top TV shows, which include “Private Practice,” “Castle,” “Dallas” and “Longmire.” BRP offers ADR for all of the above mentioned TV series through the company’s Hollywood facility.
Working through Blue Room Post’s main campus in Manhattan Beach, the company provides ADR services for ABC’s hit series “Revenge” and the CW’s “90210” franchise. Additionally from Manhattan Beach, BRP supplied source ADR for Marvel Entertainment’s feature films “Iron Man 2” and “Thor,” and temp ADR for the summer blockbuster movies “The Avengers” and “Captain America.”
“We are delighted to play a small role in the success of many of the most popular television programs currently airing on network and cable television,” said John Harris, founder of Blue Room Post.

Adds “Revenge” Producer Ted Babcock, “We shoot ‘Revenge’ at Raleigh, Manhattan Beach, and our post and writers offices are in Hollywood, so the fact that Blue Room Post has facilities in both locations is extremely convenient for us. We don’t have to drive our actors anywhere—it’s a win win situation all around. We also love working with Dicken Berglund, a terrific ADR Mixer who provides us with great quality tracks, always adapts to our schedule, and fits us right in. They are highly accommodating and their looping services are top notch.”

Patrick Coleman, Co-Producer, “90210,” said, “We did a little work with Blue Room Post last year, when they provided us with some data management. But for our ADR work for this year, Season 5 of our show, a number of people in the industry kept recommending them to us. We knew they were good, honest guys, and that the quality of their work was top notch. They’re really on the edge of having expertise with the latest technology, and often stand ahead of the curve from their competitors in that regard. Of course, convenience also plays a big part in our relationship, since we shoot our show at Raleigh in Manhattan Beach, and we use Blue Room’s facilities located there. We’re able to get our actors over to BRP in between setups, and they provide us with great sound that fits in perfectly with our production audio.”

Blue Room Post offers its clients the skills of some of Hollywood’s most talented Mixers and ADR experts. BRP’s roster includes Dicken Berglund, Mike Patterson and Nick Couscouris for television and feature films.

ABOUT BLUE ROOM POST:

With state-of-the-art facilities located at both MBS/Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, and at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Blue Room Post is a full-service production and post production company that provides media content solutions at reasonable prices to major movie studios and independent filmmakers, television networks, home entertainment companies, and corporations and brands. Founded in 2009, the company specializes in all areas of editorial, including offline, on-line, color correction, motion graphics, compositing, title design, digital dailies, wire clean up and restoration.

BRP’s audio services include ADR, sound recording and mixing, foley stage & sound design, narration & VO recording, music recording and sound editing.
Other company services include finishing, Blu-Ray DVD authoring, visual effects and support services. Additionally, Blue Room Post also operates five screening rooms in Manhattan Beach and Hollywood. These theaters can accommodate a wide range of demands, with seating capacities from 15 up to 140 people, and offer clients a strong choice for premiere screenings, film festivals, seminars and private meetings.

For more information, please see: www.blueroompost.com

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Sound Devices PIX-DOCK Now Shipping

Data Dock for PIX-CADDY with Thunderbolt Connection

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 30, 2012Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces that its PIX-DOCK is now shipping, in time for the 2012 IBC Show (Stand 8.D74). Having first made its debut at this year’s NAB Show, PIX-DOCK connects drives mounted in a Sound Devices PIX-CADDY 2 to computers equipped with Thunderbolt™ high-speed I/O over a single Thunderbolt cable.

The PIX-CADDY 2, which is used to connect SSD volumes to all PIX recorders, is an SSD mounting accessory that also operates as a multi-format interface to attach drives to a computer for file transfer and management. With the introduction of the PIX-DOCK, users can now leverage Thunderbolt’s fast transfer speeds between drives and computers. Thunderbolt offers up to 10 Gbps interconnection speeds, making the file copying of large-capacity drives fast and easy. When using fast storage drives, its high throughput allows realtime playback of multiple streams of high-data-rate video.

The PIX-DOCK provides both power and data over a single cable and is compatible with SATA drives. It includes a six-foot Thunderbolt cable that connects to the PIX-CADDY 2 using its eSATAp connection. It also offers a secure, latching connection to PIX-CADDY, and its weighted base prevents sliding on desktop surfaces.

“After a successful launch at this year’s NAB show, we are thrilled to announce that our PIX-DOCK is available,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “PIX-DOCK simplifies and speeds the transfer and management of files when using our PIX recorders. By utilizing Thunderbolt, we are able to provide our users with blazing fast and reliable transfers.”

The PIX 220i, PIX 240i and PIX 260 record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codecs. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240i and PIX 260 add even more flexibility, with their time code, sync-generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. All PIX recorders incorporate the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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ROYER LABS MICROPHONES INTEGRAL TO PRODUCTION OF LATEST MAROON 5 RECORDING

**** Photo: Noah Passovoy ****

Los Angeles, CA… As the music capital of the world, LA is home to countless musicians and bands of every conceivable style, though few acts are currently hotter than Maroon 5. With an impressive list of hits to their credit, the release of their latest recording endeavor—Overexposed, on the A&M/Octone label—continues that successful trend. Recorded in the world-class facilities of Conway Recording Studios, the new album is a showcase for the band’s signature sound; and a significant part of that sound was captured using ribbon microphone technology from Burbank, CA-based Royer Labs. more

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA STORE

— 234th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with
GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (August 27, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, August 23, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Fayetteville, North Carolina, located at 2093 Skibo Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28314-2207. Guitar Center Fayetteville is Guitar Center’s 234th retail location.

Guitar Center Fayetteville’s grand opening introduces customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. As part of the grand opening celebration, Guitar Center Fayetteville has planned workshops and other events in the coming weeks.

Guitar Center’s newest Fayetteville location features showrooms for customers equipped with the latest products – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for Fayetteville musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Fayetteville also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Fayetteville offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

Fayetteville shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Fayetteville inventory, but it also provides easy access to Guitar Center’s $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses nationwide. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Fayetteville store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Fayetteville residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Last year’s winner received a career-altering prize package which has included recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Daniel “Boscoe” France, performed alongside GRAMMY Winning Producer Pete Anderson at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Fayetteville is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO “GIVE FANS THE CREDIT”

New Initiative Will Enhance Fans’ Music Discovery by Ensuring All Music Creators Are Credited for Their Work on Digitally Released Recordings

Honorary Ambassadors T Bone Burnett, Lamont Dozier, Sheila E, Skylar Grey, Jimmy Jam, RedOne, and Don Was to Help Generate Dialogue and Support for this Important Issue, with an Online Petition Available at www.givefansthecredit.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 23, 2012) — The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com), the organization internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®, is launching “Give Fans The Credit” — a new campaign that will help enhance fans’ discovery of new music by ensuring all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings. Honorary Ambassadors who will help further awareness of this important initiative include: 12-time GRAMMY®-winning producer T Bone Burnett; GRAMMY-winning songwriter Lamont Dozier; singer/songwriter/percussionist Sheila E; singer/songwriter Skylar Grey; five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Jimmy Jam; two-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter RedOne; and three-time GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was. Additionally, an online petition for fans to sign and further information is available at www.givefansthecredit.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com and The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

“The staggering pace of digital innovation gives consumers access to more and more information, but in this case — digitally released music without liner notes — the music fan is getting less information,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We can watch movies online with the credits included, and the same should be true for digitally released recordings. If music devices can access millions of tracks in the cloud, we’re confident we can find a way to acknowledge those who created the tracks here on Earth.”

Songwriters, non-featured performers, producers and engineers make significant contributions to recordings, but as liner notes are becoming less common, these creators rarely receive credit on digital music devices. Currently, the only credits consumers are generally able to see are the song title, album, and artist; but music fans should have access to additional information: the songwriter who composed the work, the producers and engineers who shaped the sound, and the musicians who brought the song to life.

The “Give Fans The Credit” campaign will address this issue on several fronts. First, music fans who want information about their favorite tracks can sign the petition at www.givefansthecredit.com. Second, the campaign ambassadors and other leaders at The Recording Academy will begin a series of discussions with digital music services to brainstorm ways to deliver more robust crediting information on digital music platforms. At the same time, The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® will continue its efforts to ensure accurate data is contained within the music files.

“By engaging consumers and the industry in this effort, we seek to give music fans the rich information and content they desire,” said Daryl Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy. “Discovery is a key part of today’s digital music services. By knowing who wrote, produced and played on the tracks, consumers will be able to discover even more great music. This will give both creators and fans the credit they deserve.”

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

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