Interviews with potential candidates are expected to begin in July; the final applicant will be subject to a vote by NARAS’ 42-member, internal advisory board.

SO YOU WANT TO BE THE HEAD OF THE RECORDING ACADEMY?

Who Knows? Your Feet May Be a Perfect Fit
for Mike Greene's Shoes
Looking for work?

Need a high-profile, high-paying job in the music industry? Even if it’s not as high in profile or pay as it used to be?

The Recording Academy is looking for one good man. Or woman.

Now that the much-talked about exit of 14-year reigning NARAS chief Michael Greene is complete, the Grammy governing body is on the hunt for a new President.

Interested? Well, here’s how you too can apply for the coveted gig.

First off, anyone can apply, and all are welcome.

Resumes should be sent to headhunting/consulting company Korn Ferry, or directly to Recording Academy Chairman Garth Fundis, who oversees the academy’s governing board.

Korn Ferry has been charged with doing background checks on all applicants and making recommendations about whom to interview. The company will not choose who will get the job but will administer the hiring process. Now might be a good time for would-be prezzes to take all naked photos of themselves off the Internet.

Interviews with potential candidates are expected to begin in July; the final applicant will be subject to a vote by NARAS’ 42-member, internal advisory board. Here are some helpful hints for making a positive impression.

Insiders say academy treasurer and Zomba vet Neil Portnow is still one of the favorites for the position.

The new president is generally expected to receive a smaller salary than his/her predecessor. In addition, inside sources say, the Academy is seeking someone with a smaller ego than the goateed one—someone who doesn’t insist on giving a filibuster, er, speech on live TV every year. The person’s focus should be on NARAS initiatives and not themselves.

Word has it the committee would like to see the new Prexy appointed in August, allowing for six months work before the next Grammy Awards.

As readers may recall, Greene resigned in April following an eight-hour emergency meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by 38 of the 41 Academy board members.

His exit came six months after the board hired an outside firm to investigate allegations of sexual harassment brought against Greene, most prominently those filed last summer by Jill Geimer, a NARAS Human Resources executive who herself had been hired to monitor such complaints. Geimer settled for a reported $650,000, but the red flag she raised got the board’s full attention, eventually leading to the Greene’s exit. Greene reportedly received a severance package totaling as much as $8 million.

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