Last January, Harvey Mason Jr. was named president and CEO of the Recording Academy. Sixteen months later, he has been named the organization’s full-time president and CEO.
“We are delighted that Harvey will remain at the helm and continue to steer the organization through this pivotal time,” Recording Academy Co-Chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones stated.
“As we journeyed deeper into our extensive search, it became clear that the best person for the job was Harvey. We are immensely impressed by the remarkable work he has done during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the Academy under his effective, results-driven leadership.”
Mason Jr. has worked on an unpaid basis throughout the last year. During that time, he has introduced a diversity and inclusion task force, altered the organization’s voting procedures and organized a GRAMMY ceremony during a pandemic.
“There is nothing more rewarding than having the trust and respect of your colleagues and peers. I am honored to have been appointed to continue to lead the Recording Academy on our transformative journey. While I had not initially expected to be in this position, I remain deeply invested in the success of the organization and am motivated to help us achieve our greatest ambitions,” he said.
“I will serve humbly with a steadfast commitment to building a more inclusive, responsive and relevant Academy.”
Mason Jr. will officially take over as president and CEO on June 1.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) May 13, 2021