NARAS taps chapter prexies

Seattle becomes an official chapter

The Recording Academy on Tuesday named its twelve regional chapter presidents for 2003-2004, and announced that the Academy’s Pacific Northwest outpost, located in Seattle, has attained official chapter status.

In Atlanta, writer and producer and Arista Records senior veep Jermaine Dupri takes the top spot for the region, while Michael Freeman, head of indie label Coach House Music, will oversee the Chicago office for the coming year.

The Florida station will be run by Jose Tillan, VP of music and talent for MTV/Nickelodeon Latin America, and in Los Angeles, Zomba/Jive Records veepee of creative development Jonathan McHugh will take the helm.

Veteran country singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis will head up the Memphis office for the next 12 months, while BMI’s VP for writer/publisher relations Paul Corbin will take the reins down the road in the Nashville unit.

In New York City, songwriter and producer Phil Galdston has the top spot. And for the newly christened Pacific Northwest region, the new chief will be promoter, booking agent and head of artist-management firm Fuzed Music David Meinert.

Vocalist, producer and songwriter Helen Bruner is taking the lead at the Philadelphia Chapter, while Grammy-nominated composer, bandleader and percussionist Anthony Brown will be president of the San Francisco chapter.

Terry Lickona, producer of the acclaimed PBS music series “Austin City Limits” will top the Academy’s Texas division. And finally, TV and syndicated radio host Robert Aubry Davis will look after the musical needs of the Washington D.C. area.

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