P&E Wing Monthly Update January/February/March 2016

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    P&E Wing In The Studio – Wilmington, Del.
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    Lost In Transaction: SoundExchange: Get Plays, Get Paid – Nashville
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    P&E Surround Nominee Listening Session – San Francisco
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    P&E Wing GRAMMY Week Celebration Honoring Rick Rubin – Los Angeles

P&E Wing In The Studio – Wilmington, Del. – December 1 

For its latest installment, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter moved its In The Studio series to the newly renovated Ken-Del Studios in Newport, Del. Producer/engineer Paul Janocha opened the space for an intimate gathering, with Chapter members treated to a tour of its new soundstage and rehearsal space featuring a 12’ x 24’ stage, smaller writing and production rooms, and live room designed by renowned architect/acoustician John Storyk. After remarks from Janocha, Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Ryan Schwabe and Sr. Executive Director Mark Schulz, guests filled the control room for a listening session on recent projects from jazz to heavy metal. Attendees also had the opportunity to share their work with one another.

Special thanks to Janocha and his team for their hospitality!

Lost In Transaction: SoundExchange: Get Plays, Get Paid – Nashville – December 16

The Nashville Chapter held a panel focused on digital performance rights collection agency SoundExchange at the historic Grand Victor Studio, with P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney leading the conversation. SoundExchange has been in full support of the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act and has been working with our P&E Wing this past year. SoundExchange’s Sr. Director, Artist & Industry Relations Linda Bloss-Baum joined the panel to speak about the overall function of SoundExchange and the importance of providing accurate information when signing up. Representing the perspective of the artist/creator, John Strohm, entertainment and intellectual property attorney in the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb, spoke about Letters of Direction and SoundExchange protocol. The three panelists also covered how revenue is tracked and collected, and how to register with SoundExchange to maximize income.

P&E Surround Nominee Listening Session – San Francisco – January 6

San Francisco Chapter P&E Wing members gathered to listen to the 58th GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Surround Sound Album at the new Coast Mastering in the famed Fantasy Studios complex in Berkeley, Calif. Chapter Vice President and P&E Wing Committee Chair Piper Payne, along with Coast Mastering director and Academy Trustee (and past Best Surround Sound Album nominee) Michael Romanowski, explained surround sound and its presentation and setup. Romanowski summarized the purpose of this event: “to make an informed voting decision in the category, it is very important to have a well-calibrated listening environment and a firm understanding of the technical and artistic considerations of the presentation.”

This event expands on the San Francisco Chapter’s pioneering P&E Listening Sessions, where engineers come together to present and discuss their latest works in a professional listening environment. The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter would like to thank the hosts and team at Coast Mastering and all those in attendance for participating in this special event.

International Consumer Electronics Show – Las Vegas – January 7

The P&E Wing was represented this year at the annual International CES Show with an educational panel on the trend towards getting studio quality sound to consumers. Titled “Meet the Hi-Res Music Makers” and moderated by DEG: Digital Entertainment Group Sr. Director Marc Finer, the lineup featured VP Technology & Production, Global Digital Business Universal Music Group Jim Belcher; P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney; GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Dave O’Donnell; and Chief Technologist, Strategy Group, Warner Music Howie Singer in a lively conversation about the challenges facing the creation and marketing of Hi-Res Music.

P&E Wing GRAMMY Week Celebration Honoring Rick Rubin – Los Angeles – February 11

The 9th Annual P&E Wing GRAMMY Week Celebration proved another successful kick off to GRAMMY Week. Once again held within the fabled walls of The Village Studios, the event’s attendees were encouraged to explore the many rooms of the former Masonic temple and discover the specialty food and cocktails each had to offer. The evening’s prolific honoree, eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Rick Rubin, was stage-shy but thrilled with the warm response he received from attendees, the humorous comments provided by Jimmy Jam, and the gracious presentation to him by Neil Portnow of the President’s Merit Award. The honoree presentation included stirring performances from two acts that Rubin recently signed to his American Recordings label—Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall and British rapper Kate Tempest. Also on hand to celebrate the man of the hour were Josh Groban, Lana Del Rey, Regina Spektor, Macy Gray, and more.

The P&E Wing would like to thank our many partners and sponsors in this annual endeavor, including the indomitable Jeff Greenberg and Tina Morris of The Village; Danny Margolis and his team at Command Performance Catering; along with Harman Professional brands AKG, dbx, JBL Professional and Lexicon; Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; and CIROC; as well as Avid Technology, Inc.; DTS, Inc.; ELS Studio Premium Audio – Powered by Panasonic; Google Chromecast Audio; LG Electronics; Music Marketing; Shure; TIDAL HiFi Streaming; Apogee Electronics; Audeze; Audio-Technica; Capital Bauer Studio Insurance Program; Guitar Center Professional; iZotope; Louisiana Entertainment; Lurssen Mastering; Ocean Way Audio; Prism Sound, Recording, Radio and Film Connection (RRF); Shinola; SONOS; Sound Exchange; and Vintage King Audio.

Technical GRAMMY Award Presented to EMT at The GRAMMY Museum – Los Angeles – February 12

The P&E Wing partnered with The Recording Academy Awards department to host an intimate ceremony and champagne toast at The GRAMMY Museum to present the 2016 Technical GRAMMY Award – Company to EMT, whose president, Jules Limon, is not able to attend the Special Merit Awards in April. Academy Senior VP of Awards Bill Freimuth welcomed the attendees gathered in the Clive Davis Theater and introduced P&E Wing Co-Chair Scott Jacoby, who spoke to EMT’s contributions to the field of recording before presenting the statue to Limon. Special thanks to Awards department collaborators Freimuth, Tracy McKee and Jacquelynn Dygert, as well The GRAMMY Museum for their help in creating this special moment of recognition for EMT.

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