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Taking Care of Music’s Past, Present and Future

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Taking Care of Music’s Past, Present and Future

Most people know The Recording Academy® for the GRAMMY Awards, but in 1989 our organization established two charitable affiliates whose combined work takes care of the past, present and future generations of the music community - the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares®.

It’s an exciting time in the music industry. Digital and social platforms have made it possible for emerging artists to reach new audiences all over the world. But before they become the next superstar sensation, they need a strong foundation, and for many of tomorrow’s stars that starts in the classroom.

That’s where the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools® programs come in. Across the country and throughout the year, we offer incredible experiences - from day-long GRAMMY Camp® - Basic Training events that bring top music industry professionals together with high school students to make them aware of careers in music and present a behind-the-scenes look into the industry, to our residential summer GRAMMY Camp that offers high school students an interactive music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music. Just as the GRAMMY Award recognizes excellence in recording, our GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs with custom awards and monetary grants to benefit their music programs.

While we’re taking care of music’s next generation, our preservation programs help safeguard our past. The GRAMMY Foundation’s Living Histories initiative preserves on visual media the life stories of key recording industry professionals and visionaries who helped create the history of recorded sound. Our Grant Program awards grants annually to organizations and individuals in two categories: scientific research and archiving and preservation.

As for our commitment to members of today’s music community, MusiCares is there to help the industry get and stay healthy. We offer programs and services including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. We created the Healthy Essentials program that partners with medical and dental clinics all over the country to provide preventive care services such as dental checkups and cleanings, mammograms and hearing screenings.

GRAMMY in the Schools: http://www.grammyintheschools.com/

MusiCares: http://www.grammy.org/musicares

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-portnow/taking-care-of-musics-pas_b_2085226.html

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