New Recording Academy CEO, Deborah Dugan, has been placed on administrative go away, efficient instantly, a spokesperson for the group confirmed to Rolling Stone. Dugan was appointed the position final August. She changed Neil Portnow, who headed up the group for 17 years.
“In mild of issues raised to the Recording Academy™ Board of Trustees, together with a proper allegation of misconduct by a senior feminine member of the Recording Academy crew, the Board has positioned Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative go away, efficient instantly,” the group instructed Rolling Stone in a press release. “The Board has additionally retained two impartial third-party investigators to conduct impartial investigations of the allegations.
“The Board decided this motion to be obligatory in an effort to restore the arrogance of the Recording Academy’s Membership, restore Recording Academy worker morale, and permit the Recording Academy to concentrate on its mission of serving all music creators,” the assertion continued. “Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr. will function interim President and CEO pending the conclusion of the investigation. The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is dedicated to fostering a protected, numerous, and inclusive office, music trade, and society”
Portnow vacated his position final summer time following heavy criticism after making feedback following the 60th Grammy Awards that girls ought to “step up” in the event that they wish to be higher represented within the music trade. In Could 2019, Dugan was introduced as his successor. The previous (RED) govt was the group’s first feminine president coming in at a contentious time when the Grammy presenters have been being criticized closely for its lack of range amongst nominees and winners. Following the announcement of her appointment she was requested how a lot affect the Academy would have in addressing institutional gender and racial biases. Portnow had beforehand mentioned the Academy didn’t management the music that’s created or who’s employed throughout the music trade.
“I believe all the problems that Neil [has mentioned] led to an necessary bigger dialog and that’s the dialog in fact that we are going to have, about ladies and variety in music, and the place we take it and the way we use this platform to have an effect on optimistic change is essential to me,” Dugan said on the time. “That’s one of many questions I’m most excited to reply on this job.”
Dugan’s administrative go away takes place simply 10 days from the Grammy Awards ceremony, which shall be held at Staples Middle on January 26th.