The Recording Academy is a not-for-profit that represents a diversity of music makers and professionals. Our membership focuses on service, advocacy and recognition of the art and craft of music.

We invite you to dig deeper into the work of our community. As you explore, we hope you are inspired to be an active member.

Have questions? Check out our Membership FAQ or contact us at or 866.794.3391.

Joining The Academy

Like the GRAMMY Awards, Recording Academy membership is community-driven and peer-reviewed on an annual cycle.

To be considered for an invitation to join:

  1. Get two strong recommendations from music industry peers. Please make sure both recommenders use the same email address for the candidate. The Recording Academy does not accept self-recommendations. Applications with self-recommendations will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
  2. After your recommendations are received by the Academy, tell us more about your career*. Profiles must be complete by midnight on March 1 to be considered for that year's class.

               *Candidates will receive an email with a link and candidate code to complete the career profile.

A new member submission includes two recommendations and a complete profile. (Profiles can only be completed after recommendations are received.) New member submissions are considered by the Recording Academy’s Peer Review Panel each spring.

If approved by Peer Review, candidates are invited to join the Recording Academy by July 9 and have until that year’s GRAMMY Awards voting deadline to accept.

The Recording Academy approves membership at its sole discretion based on its assessment of the submission.

Want to know what it takes to receive an invite? See Membership Types below.

Recommending New Members

Help shape the Recording Academy. Recommend who you believe should be a part of our future, today.

If you’re a current member and would like to recommend a candidate, visit your dashboard here.

If you’re not currently a member, but actively working in music, click here.

Please note:

  • The Recording Academy does not accept self-recommendations. Applications with self-recommendations will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
  • Recommendation forms should be received by the Recording Academy no later than February 15 each year to ensure the candidate has adequate time to complete their profile by March 1.

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Membership Types

The Recording Academy offers three types of membership. Voting Membership for recording creators, Professional Membership for music businesspeople and GRAMMY U for the next generation aspiring to a career in the music industry. Read more to learn which type is best for you and how the Peer Review chooses who receives an invitation.

Voting Membership is for performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, instrumentalists, and other creators currently working in the recording industry. Voting Members determine GRAMMY winners each year.

Professional membership is for music businesspeople whose full-time, primary business activity directly supports music creators such as music executives (e.g., labels and label distributors, publishers, promoters, performing rights organizations), creator representatives (e.g., agents, managers, lawyers, publicists), industry writers (e.g., authors, journalists), and music educators (e.g. college/university educators, music/trade school educators).

Students currently enrolled full-time in a college, university, or  trade school with a desire to work in the recording industry upon graduation.

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