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ACADEMY CREATES SONGWRITERS WING

The Recording Academy announced the creation of a Songwriters & Composers Wing during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday.

With an emphasis on fair compensation for creators, the wing will offer panels, mixers, songwriting retreats and mentorship. It will also spotlight emerging opportunities for songwriting and scoring.

Songwriter and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter President Evan Bogart, right, will serve as Chair of the Songwriters & Composers Wing; Lamont Dozier, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ashley Gorley, Carole King, Jimmy Jam, Tania LeónGustavo SantaolallaValerie SimpsonDiane Warren and Hans Zimmer will act as honorary chairs; and Susan Stewart, Senior Director, South Region at the Recording Academy will serve as Executive Sponsor. 

"The musical process begins with our fellow songwriters and composers, and we're thrilled to launch this wing at the Academy, which creates a home for music's storytellers across the country," said Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "These creatives are essential to the music community and we look forward to collaborating with our industry colleagues to support, educate and empower the diverse members in these crafts."

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