Because, if nothing else, what it's doing in the ramp-up to this year's Grammy Awards actually is kind of cool. On Wednesday, February 9, just four days before the Awards themselves, the wing will honor Fort Worth's Own T Bone Burnett, himself a 10-time Grammy winner, and again a nominee this year, for "his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music." And a couple of his good pals, Leon Russell and Elton John, will be presiding over the festivities.
Just another cool notch on Burnett's well-decorated bedpost. Check the press release after the jump.
The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®
CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT HONORING LEGENDARY PRODUCER T BONE BURNETT
Fourth Annual GRAMMY® Week Event Will Pay Homage To 10-Time GRAMMY Winner
At The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2011) -- The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a GRAMMY® Week event titled "Shaken Rattled & Rolled" honoring legendary producer T Bone Burnett for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. GRAMMY-winning artists Elton John and Leon Russell will serve as honorary event co-chairs at the event to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
"When the Producers & Engineers Wing was established, an essential voice was created for music makers: the voice of those 'behind the glass' that work so diligently to ensure that the quality and integrity of recorded music is captured and preserved," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to one of our industry's finest, T Bone Burnett, whose visionary talent and masterful skills have greatly impacted the landscape of audio production."
The 10-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Burnett has a body of work that spans 40 years. It includes producer credits for artists such as Elvis Costello, Jakob Dylan, Elton John & Leon Russell, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, k.d. lang, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Cassandra Wilson, and countless other great artists. Burnett has also produced the soundtracks for many film projects including Across The Universe; Cold Mountain; Crazy Heart; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Big Lebowski; and Walk The Line. For more information about Burnett, visit www.tboneburnett.com.
Key achievements of the P&E Wing over the past decade include:
- The creation of best practices guidelines: "Recommendations For Delivery Of Recorded Music Projects," "Recommendations For Surround Sound Production," and "Digital Audio Workstation Guidelines For Music Production."
- Partnership with leading data management firm BMS/Chace and the Library of Congress to develop CCD (Content Creator Data), a structured metadata framework that includes an application for the collection of technical, descriptive and participant information during the recording process.
· Leading the charge for The Recording Academy's advocacy participation in the matter of wireless microphones and White Spaces, organizing letter-writing and phone campaigns and lobbying in Washington, D.C. A key victory was achieved for musicians, singers and sound engineers with the FCC's order reserving two channels in every market for wireless microphones and affording microphone users further protection through registration in a database. Other advocacy issues the P&E Wing has supported include copyright enforcement and performance royalties for artists, musicians, and record producers.
· Working in partnership with The Recording Academy's 12 regional Chapters, more than 35 events are produced annually that focus on professional development and education for producers and engineers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, 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, join the organization's social networks as a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.