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Reinstatement of Best Latin Jazz Album -- GRAMMYS - Thank You for your Support 

Reinstatement of Best Latin Jazz Album -- GRAMMYS

June 8, 2012

To all who supported the Petition to reinstate Latin Jazz to the GRAMMY'S,

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS) has reinstated Latin Jazz for GRAMMY consideration! While this is great news and reason to celebrate there is still room to pause.

I wish other categories had stood up in the passionate way that the Latin Jazz community did, as the decision for the cuts made were unfair on the basis that they were created by… Read more

NARAS / Grammy Panel Discussion - Restoring Diversity: What are the next steps? March 6 @ 4pm pst 

March 2, 2012

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Urban Music Presents
NARAS / Grammy Panel Discussion - Restoring Diversity:
What are the next steps?

Tuesday March 6 @ 4pmPST - Tune into internet radio at

Featured Panelists
Sandy Cressman, Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, Oscar Hernandez

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Open Letter from John Santos: NARAS Oblivious to the Obivious - Feb. 18, 2012 

by John Santos

The epic and historical blunder committed last April by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was etched into the archives last week by the conspicuous absence of the 31 categories they pulled from Grammy consideration, and the musically vacuous telecast they promoted (at $800,000 per 30 second commercial) as the best that American music has to offer. We hope that sooner than later, NARAS will understand that pretending to not know what all the… Read more

New Article Links on GRAMMY Protest - Democracy Now, Forbes Mag, Billboard Mag, Fox News, LA Times,  

Letter from Rev. Jesse Jackson asking NARAS to restore the Cut Categories! 

Article from SFGATE

January 27, 2012

Neil Portnow
President and CEO
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Dear Mr Portnow:

The Rainbow Push Coalition, one of our nation’s leading civil rights organizations, has been advised by some of its members and supporters in the entertainment community, including recording artists, that the National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences… Read more

Please Write SF Board of Supervisors to Support Musical Diversity at the Grammys 


I am writing to ask you for your support of our musicians and those who work on the forefront of LIVE MUSIC to take a few minutes and write the following San Francisco Board of Supervisors asking them to pass the resolution - click here to read that SF Arts Commissioners Dr. John Calloway presented and was unanimously approved by the full commission on November 16, 2011.

The City of San Francisco is in a place that can set precedence by supporting integrity and respect for cultural expression… Read more

A letter from John Santos - Occupy and Boycott the Grammy Telecast in February 

Posted by John Santos in the Latin Jazz Yahoo Group November 3, 2011 - with aprroval of Mr. Santos I repost.

Thanks to all who sent B-day wishes thru the LJ forum and privately -
that's much appreciated.

And thank you Gary for mentioning the relevance of the Occupy
Wallstreet/Occupy Oakland/ Occupy Your Heart movement that is sweeping
our nation. The arts are crucial to the movement which is a huge
reason why there is a war on the arts among the agenda items of the
powers that be. They are quite… Read more

Letter from Bobby Sanabria Re: NPR Coverage of Latin Jazz Musicians File Suit Against The Grammy's  

There are several extremely important things that were not mentioned in the NPR piece that concern me...

Just for the record - the plaintiffs in this case, besides Mark Levine, are Ben Lapidus, Bobby Sanabria and Eugene Marlow. The decision by NARAS to eliminate the 31 categories was done in complete, utter SECRECY with absolutely NO transparency. The secret sub-committee that was formed and initiated this ill-advised decision was comprised of 12 individuals and met for 18 months and was immediately formed… Read more

NPR: by Felix Contreras: Latin Jazz Musicians File Suit Against The Grammy's 

September 14, 2011

In April, the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which oversees the Grammy Awards, announced that with next year's ceremony, the number of awards handed out would be cut from 109 to 78.

Categories like best R&B vocal performance by a male, by a female and by a group were merged into single award. Metal and hard rock were combined into one award. The number of Grammys that will go to Latin musicians when the awards are presented at the 54th-annual… Read more

News Articles covering Recording Artists NARAS Lawsuit - CNN, BBC, Reuters, MSNBC and more 

Here is a list of articles that have been written regarding the NARAS decision to eliminate the 31 Categories for GRAMMY consideration.
FYI, a web portal in Lebanon picked up our story through AFP. I saw the clip a while ago, and can't find it. Just wanted you to know that we got coverage in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and United Arab Emirates.

Agence France Press
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