QT: chapter about & blog

The Recording Academy opened its 11th regional branch office in the Pacific Northwest in 1997. After significant membership growth, the PNW office received Chapter status in 2002. The region offers a flourishing music industry that includes world-class studios, symphony orchestras, international music festivals and conferences such as Bumbershoot, MusicFestNW, Capitol Hill Block Party, Waterfront Blues Festival, Sasquatch Music Festival, NW Folklife, Doe Bay Fest, Timber Music Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, and Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. Rich with musical history in hard rock, the area also boasts a vibrant jazz community, a uniquely creative hip hop and rap scene, a neo-folk and roots based rock movement, and one of the strongest independent band and label scenes in the country.

The Northwest region includes Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Vancouver, and Washington. It is the birthplace and headquarters to internationally known companies such as Amazon.com, Audix Microphones, iLike, Lively, Mackie, Microsoft, PlayNetwork, RealNetworks, and Soldano Custom Amplification. Multimedia and Internet-related companies continue to create a multitude of composing and production opportunities and the "wired world" has made it possible for recording professionals to work internationally and still call the Pacific Northwest region home.

More than 800 PNW Chapter members and the music community at-large can take advantage of the many educational, networking and other music-related opportunities and services that are presented by or in association with the Pacific Northwest Chapter. The annual Songwriters Summit in Seattle focuses on the art, craft and business of songwriting and has featured artist and industry professionals such as Kathleen Edwards, John Roderick, Sue Ennis and Sir Mix-A-Lot. With speakers such as renowned producers Bob Ezrin, Jimmy Jam and Alan Parsons, the annual PNW Studio Summit brings the biggest and brightest names in audio engineering to Seattle for an intimate and educational conference.

With additional events such as the GRAMMY Breakout Sessions, the PNW Chapter creates opportunities for it's members to connect, learn and develop new ideas. Geared for working professionals, this series will take an in depth look at topics focused on the artist, the business and the engineer and/or producer..

The PNW Chapter has an extremely active GRAMMY U program, with a multitude of events catering to college students looking to gain experience and connections within the music industry. Events such as the Demo Review,GRAMMY Soundchecks, Google Hangouts with music professionals and nationally recognized artists, and networking events are designed to ease students into professional networking situations and provide the necessary tools to enter into the job market.

The Chapter is also an active supporter and advocate for the MusiCares Foundation, which focuses the attention and resources of the music industry on health, human service and welfare issues that affect all music people. The Chapter has a very active MusiCares Committee working to spread the word about MusiCares to those who need help.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter is a prominent member of the music community and showcases a strong commitment to ensuring that the quality of life and the cultural condition of the Northwest music industry is a top priority in all activities. This guiding principle has resulted in many partnerships with similar organizations and active responses to issues affecting these areas.

Nestled between two mountain ranges on the edge of the Puget Sound, the Chapter is located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Belltown District of Seattle, just west of Seattle's very own international icon, the Space Needle, and a stone's throw away from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Pacific Northwest Chapter invites all of the Northwest area's music professionals and other interested people to join with us as we continue to serve the music community.

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Geoff Ott
Mike Jones
Lauren Daniels
Sue Ennis
Bill Gibson

Tim Bierman
John Bishop
Nick Blasko
Charles R. Cross
Bart Day
Tom Dyer
Brandon Ebel
Jack Endino
Steve Fisk
Beth Fleenor
Michael Gettel
Lisa Grace
Christen Greene
Dave Gross
Sean Horton
Pali Kaaihue

Kisha Kalahiki
Steve Mack
Kris Orlowski
Ed Pierson
Jonathan Plum
David Sabee
Portia Sabin
Jovino Santos Neto
Aaron Starkey
Tyler Stone
Jerry Suarez
Steve Turnidge
Alan Yamamoto
Astra Yaver

Jennifer Petersen
Nancy Rumbel
159 Western Ave. West, Suite 485
Seattle, WA 98119
Ph: 206.834.1000
Fx: 206.834.1005