The Recording Academy invited more than 2,000 people to become voting members and more than 600 additional people to become professional (non-voting) members. The invitations were extended on Tuesday (June 28).
The Academy has been aggressive in recent years about expanding and diversifying its membership. It currently has more than 12,000 voting members and more than 3,000 professional (non-voting) members.
Kelley Purcell, the Academy’s vp of membership & industry relations, and Ashley Thomas, director of member and outreach systems, recorded a welcome video that was posted on the Academy’s social channels on Tuesday. The video featured comments from three new members, Monogem, Kalen Kelly and Kameron Glasper.
The Academy told Billboard that it will not waive its $100 annual membership fee as it did the last two years to members or prospective members experiencing hardship amid the pandemic. Below is a sampling of reactions from artists regarding their invitations:
- Shaun Ross, R&B and Soul Artist
- Tillie, Pop Artist
- Jaden Michaels, Singer/Songwriter
- Monogem, Singer/Songwriter
- Lyric Jones, Singer/Songwriter
- Byron Juane, R&B Artist
- Alexandra Petkovski (AKA FJØRA), Composer/Producer
- Max Escobar, Audiomack (professional member)
- Praiz, Nigerian R&B Singer
- Connie Han, Jazz Pianist
- Mayah Dyson, Singer/Songwriter
- Andrew Listermann, Riveting Entertainment (professional member)
- Bizzle Osikoya, PlugNG (professional member)
- Roger Argenis, Guitarist of SayVerse
- GreekDaGod, Rapper, Producer
- Charles Streeter, Streeter and the Tribe
- Laycon, Singer/Songwriter
Being a #RecordingAcademy member is a badge of honor among the greater music community and each incoming class is a reminder of how far we’ve come and how we must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our ever-changing industry. #IAmTheAcademyRecording Academy