Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy (Image via huffingtonpost.com)
The Grammy Awards were just a few nights ago, and that weekend saw plenty of music industry insiders flocking to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet and even possibly take home golden gramophones. While the Grammys mean a lot to plenty of people, for others – even some for whom music is their life – actually winning one can seem like a world away.
Nobody can promise you a Grammy, but becoming a member of The Recording Academy is actually quite a bit easier than some think. To be inducted, you simply need to apply as someone in the music industry, an intentionally broad requirement. Musicians, journalists, publicists, managers, and everybody in between can likely join the organization, which carries quite a bit of prestige and can be a good idea for anybody looking to make a living in this crazy business. There are plenty of great reasons to join the Academy, including these five incredibly important perks.