Santa Monica, CA (June 28, 2004)–At the semiannual Recording Academy Board of Trustees meeting in June it was announced that an entirely new field is to be added at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held in February 2005. The Board ratified the field of Production, Surround Sound along with its first category, Best Surround Sound Album.
“I put together a committee out of the Producers & Engineers Wing that has been working on proposals for upward of two years. We’re very, very happy that the Trustees have passed this finally,” said P&E Wing director Leslie Lewis.
Under Lewis’ direction, the P&E Wing of the Recording Academy has been vigorously promoting surround sound. Earlier this year, under the auspices of chairman and record producer Phil Ramone, a group of P&E Wing members published a white paper, Recommendations for Surround Sound Production, and appeared at the Grammy Surround Music Alliance Premiere, a showcase of technology and expertise held in Nashville in mid-May.
The new award, continued Lewis, “would go to the surround engineer, if something is created in surround in its initial form, and/or the surround mixing engineer, and the surround mastering engineer.” Should a re-mastered project win, the surround remix engineer would be honored.
The category is open to all surround formats-DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, and SACD-and there are no restrictions on the types of music. “Sometimes, in our production categories, they separate classical from non-classical music,” explained Lewis. “This is for all genres.”
Record companies and individual members wishing to submit surround sound releases for consideration can begin immediately, says Lewis. However, she notes, individual non-members have only until July 1 to go through the process and become eligible to enter.
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