The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter holds the distinction of being the organization's oldest and largest Chapter. The LA Chapter and The Recording Academy can trace their roots back to visionaries like Nat “King” Cole, Sammy Cahn, and Sonny Burke who laid the foundation for The Recording Academy and what is now the GRAMMY Awards.
Looking at a map of LA and the area the Chapter covers is to see a music landscape that represents the same diversity found in the Chapter’s membership. One trip up PCH reflects the beach sound started in the ‘60s with Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, and "Surf Sound" pioneer Dick Dale. Head south to find the home of West Coast rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Kendrick Lamar or go downtown to hear the melodious sounds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Take the 5 south to Orange County and find the home of 311, Agent Orange, Social Distortion and No Doubt. Back up to the Sunset Strip, one of LA’s musical epicenters, which has played host to LA-based bands ranging from the Doors to the Bangles to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Mötley Crüe.
LA is a musical and creative destination. Homegrown bands as well as imports from around the country join forces to create not one signature sound, but many. The LA Chapter and its members are in the center of it all. The Chapter produces a wide range of events to engage everyone in the music community. From Up Close and Personal events with artists, producers and songwriters to hands on technical master classes, members can choose from a variety of events that are sure to inform and entertain.
On the right you will see our upcoming events. Please take a few minutes and explore not only what the Los Angeles Chapter is doing, but what all the Chapters have to offer in the way of professional development and opportunities for our members.
2017-18 ELECTED LEADERS
Booker T. Jones
Harvey Mason Jr.
Maureen McDonald (Mozella)