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Grammys CEO on a Mission to Regain Music Community's Trust

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Harvey Mason jr., CEO of The Recording Academy, poses amongst commemorative records he has worked on during his career, at Harvey Mason Media music production studios, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Harvey Mason jr., CEO of The Recording Academy, poses amongst commemorative records he has worked on during his career, at Harvey Mason Media music production studios, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Burbank, Calif. (AP) -- When Harvey Mason jr. took the helm at the Recording Academy, the Grammy-nominated producer knew there would be an uphill climb. He’s heard firsthand from some in the music community that the academy wasn’t a fit for them, the award voting process was ineffective, and that the organization lacked diversity.

Those critical responses have fueled Mason’s mission as the academy’s CEO to right the wrongs and listen to the voices of the unheard. He’s already replaced the nominations review committee with a new member peer-driven voting system, overhauled the leadership with two co-presidents, increased membership and committed to hiring more diverse candidates with an inclusion rider for next year’s Grammy Awards.