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ACADEMY UPS TWO TO VP

The Recording Academy has named two new vice presidents: Chantel Sausedo, left, in artist relations and Maureen Droney in the Producers & Engineers Wing.

Droney, who reports to Chief Awards & Industry Officer Ruby Marchand, advises the Academy on technical matters related to recording. Reporting to COO Branden Chapman, Sausedo leads artist-relations activities. She also serves as the key representative speaking on behalf of the organization.

"What they both have been able to accomplish thus far at the Academy has been extraordinary, and their respective roles are integral to the success of the organization,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said. “I look forward to how they will continue to serve the Recording Academy and the greater music community."

Droney, a recording engineer, joined the Academy in 2005 as executive director of the P&E Wing and has spearheaded numerous educational events and series. She has published three books related to recording.

Sausedo joined the organization in 2021 as managing director of artist relations, in which capacity she implemented an Artist Involvement Menu that lists all the opportunities artists have to get involved at the Academy. She previously spent 10 years booking and producing music TV specials, including the Grammy Awards telecast.

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