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The Recording Academy Names a Permenant CEO

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Harvey Mason Jr.

Harvey Mason Jr. at the 2020 Muiscares at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Editorial credit: Ga Fullner / Shutterstock.com

Harvey Mason Jr., who has been The Recording Academy’s President and CEO on an unpaid, interim basis since January 2020, will continue on permanently. The organization’s Board of Trustees made the decision late last week and he will remove “interim” from his title on June 1.

Mason, who also serves as the Academy Chair (a position he will relinquish), stepped into the top spot after former president Deborah Dugan was put on administrative leave a little over a week before the 2020 Grammy Awards and fired on March 3.

In a joint statement, search committee co-chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones said: "As we journeyed deeper into our extensive search, it became clear that the best person for the job was Harvey. We are immensely impressed by the remarkable work he has done during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the Academy under his effective, results-driven leadership."

Under Mason's leadership, the Academy has worked to improve transparency around the Grammy Awards process including changes to voting procedures. He has also led the way to ensure the organization has a more diverse and inclusive membership body. As part of this effort, the Academy launched a new Songwriters & Composers Wing and the Black Music Collective.

"There is nothing more rewarding than having the trust and respect of your colleagues and peers," Mason said. "I am honored to have been appointed to continue to lead the Recording Academy on our transformative journey. While I had not initially expected to be in this position, I remain deeply invested in the success of the organization and am motivated to help us achieve our greatest ambitions. I will serve humbly with a steadfast commitment to building a more inclusive, responsive and relevant Academy."

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