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Voting Member

Voting Member

This classification is for creative and technical professionals who qualify in at least one of the categories of eligibility. All recordings must be commercially released in the U.S. either through traditional distribution channels or recognized online retail settings. Below are four different methods of applying for Voting membership.

Recordings Released On Line Only:

  • Recordings commercially released in the U.S. through recognized online music retailers.
  • Must have 12 qualifying physical or digital tracks or equivalent duration of content.*
  • One qualifying track must have been released within five years of receipt of application.
  • Releases must be currently available for purchase through recognized online music retailers.
  • Recordings must be accompanied by verifiable documentation, e.g. liner notes, allmusic.com.

Recordings Released Through Physical Distribution:

  • Recordings commercially released in the U.S. through physical distribution outlets.
  • Must have six physical tracks or equivalent duration of content.*
  • One qualifying track must have been released within five years of receipt of application.
  • Qualifying tracks must be currently available for sale through physical music retailers.
  • Recordings must be accompanied by verifiable documentation, e.g. liner notes, allmusic.com.

GRAMMY Nomination:

  • If you were nominated for a GRAMMY® Award within the previous five years.

Endorsement By Recording Academy Voting Members

  • Applicants who do not fully qualify in any of the above categories may request the necessary endorsement forms from Member Services. (Please call 310.392.3777 or email memservices@grammy.com.).
  • Applicants must be endorsed by two current, Voting Members of The Recording Academy.
  • Application will be reviewed by Member Services and may be sent to a local Chapter committee for additional review.

Eligibility may be subject to career substantiation through the following documentation. The Academy recommends that applicants submit as much documentation as possible.

  • Recordings available for streaming/download through recognized music aggregators
  • Documented sales/chart information
  • Established, active website/social media/online presence including:
    • Current or historical touring dates/performances
    • Fan base interaction
    • Current band/artist information
    • Music videos
    • Music/media player with current releases available
  • Active marketing and promotion efforts
    • Print material
    • Press releases/EPK
    • Reviews of performances by print or online magazines
    • Press interviews

* Excluding intros, outros and interludes

The Recording Academy approves membership at its sole discretion based on the assessment of the material submitted.

BECOME A VOTING MEMBER

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Associate Member

Associate Member

This classification is for individuals who are creative and technical professionals with fewer than the required credits for Voting membership and other recording industry professionals such as executive producers, writers, publishers, attorneys, record label staff, music merchants, music educators, and artist managers who are directly involved, on a professional basis, in the music business.

BECOME AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

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Student Member

Student Member

Students, primarily between ages 17 to 25, who are currently enrolled in a college, university or trade school with a desire to work in the recording industry upon graduation. Student members do not need to be majoring in music or in a music program to qualify for Student Membership.

BECOME A STUDENT MEMBER

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