About the Chapter

Atlanta, often called the “New York of the South,” has become an urban epicenter for culture and commerce. From the college bars in Athens to the stage at the Atlanta Symphony, the members of the Atlanta Chapter define the Georgia music community and encapsulate the cultural diversity of the “new South.”

Launched in 1967, the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy was established to foster the thriving R&B community. Gladys Knight, James Brown, Little Richard and Otis Redding were the faces of Atlanta music and these legacy artists provided the creative foundation that the current Atlanta music scene is built upon.

In keeping with the cultural and artistic diversity Atlanta is known for, artists from almost every genre call the Atlanta music community home. Usher, Zac Brown Band, Dallas Austin, Janelle Monáe, Outkast, Sugarland and many, many more acts intertwine as a long music thread that ties the city together. Whether its hip hop, CCM, country, R&B, pop, or rock, you will find it in Atlanta and in the membership of The Recording Academy.

On the right you will see our upcoming events. Please take a few minutes and explore not only what the Atlanta Chapter is doing, but what all the Chapters have to offer in the way of professional development and opportunities for our members.



Tai Anderson

Vice President
Jorel “Jfly” Flynn

Melissa Love

National Trustees
Tammy Hurt
Matt Still 

Chapter Governors
Martina Albano
David Barbe
Bryan-Michael Cox
Diane Durrett
Eric Essix
John Driskell Hopkins
Gwen Hughes
Billy Johnson
Crystal Johnson-Pompey
Thom “TK” Kidd
Shay Lawson
Kevin Leahy
Al “Butter” McLean
Kelly Price
Shani Sammons
Dr. Lyn Schenbeck
Ian Schumacher
Ben Tanner
Velena Vego
Matt Williams

Justin “Henny” Henderson
Greggory Smith


More events are being planned. Check back soon for announcements.

Chapter Information

Senior Executive Director
Michele Rhea Caplinger

President - Tai Anderson

Contact Information

The Recording Academy
Atlanta Chapter
2451 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 3452
Atlanta, GA 30339 
Ph: 404.816.1380
Fx: 310.998.2656​