The GRAMMYs: Benefits of Joining The Recording Academy

When many independent artists and musicians think about the GRAMMYs, they only dream of what it would be like to be nominated or selected as a GRAMMY Award winner… and the excitement of being celebrated by a T.V. audience on a worldwide platform. But, there are greater rewards of being a voting member of the Recording Academy than some may even realize.

As the preeminent membership organization for musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals, the Recording Academy’s mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers. The Recording Academy offers benefits for its members that cover a wide range of categories, which are designed specifically for the recording industry music professionals.

Here’s is a glimpse of some of the benefits that can be expected as a member of the Recording Academy:

TRAVEL INCLUDING HOTEL DISCOUNTS: 10% to 30% off regular room rates, and guaranteed lowest available price on any car rental. Also, members receive a 20% discount on chauffeured transportation services in major cities, and a 10% discount in all other U.S. cities where services are available.

DUPLICATION SERVICES: 10% off all manufacturing, printing and packaging of CDs, DVDs or vinyl records. Members can also get 200 free full-color 11″ x 17″ posters (Customer-supplied artwork), with any new order of 1,000 or more CDs or DVDs.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: 10% off online courses from Berklee Music – the continuing education division of Berklee College of Music)

INSURANCE: Up to 20% off regular car and home insurance rates. Also, a comprehensive package of insurance programs, with comparative quotes for existing medical and dental insurance, master instrument and equipment coverage, studio liability insurance, composer’s liability insurance, tour liability insurance, travel/personal accident insurance,  and long-term care and term life insurance.

But, that’s only a portion of the various benefits offered by the Recording Academy. To read more about Membership types and qualifications, and for an in-depth list of benefits offered to association members, visit the Recording Academy website at: