NARAS folds 7 chapters into centralized nat’l body

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences will restructure its organization into a centralized national body, NARAS confirmed Thursday.

Mike Greene, president/CEO of NARAS, which hosts the annual Grammy Awards, said the organization will merge its seven existing chapters into the national body.

In addition, chapter operations and new criteria for establishing chapters, branches and regional offices will be implemented. NARAS recently moved to a new office in Santa Monica.

Greene said the changes, which were approved by 93% of the membership and ratified by the NARAS trustees, create “a corporate infrastructure which will make the chapters stronger and the level of service to the members and community much more meaningful.”

Four regional headquarters will operate in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Southeast. Branches are also planned for Austin, Denver and Philadelphia. NARAS plans to expand into overseas operations later this year.

NARAS has extended its duties beyond the Grammys over the last five years, adding such programs as MusiCares, which addresses health and social welfare; Grammy in the Schools, an educational program; an archive and preservation program; and the National Coalition for Music Education, which pushes for greater funding for music studies.

A new member and chapter services department will be developed by NARAS to act as a coordinating agency within the national org.

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