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PNW NARAS visits Mackie


The Pacific Northwest Branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. paid a special visit to Mackie to recruit new members and inform Mackoids about NARAS and all the great things they do for the music community.

Joining Executive Director Deborah Semer were President (no pun intended) Dave Dederer, 1st Vice President Nancy Rumbel, and members of the Board of Governors, that included Sue Ennis and Glenn Lorbiecki.

Semer explained what NARAS is and the benefits of being a member, which include participating in the Recording Academy’s Awards process, opportunities for professional education and networking, participating in music education and cultural awareness activities, and responding to legislation that affects the music community.

Each guest shared their reasons for being involved with NARAS. Sue Ennis, a songwriter who has co-written many songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and is currently involved in writing children’s songs for the Thistle Theatre, a local Seattle puppet theater, said, “The education committee is one of the main reasons I’m involved with NARAS.” She has also been involved with music education workshops for children and added, “It’s a really enriching experience.”

NW Branch President Dave Dederer, member of the two-time Grammy® nominated band “The Presidents of the United States of America,” explained how he was initially skeptical of NARAS. “I was a real convert. I didn’t think I wanted to be involved with the Grammys. Having been in the bowels of the music industry, it’s nice to be involved with an organization like NARAS.”

Producer Glen Lorbiecki, whose credits include The Violent Femmes, operates Glen Sound Studio in Seattle. According to Lorbiecki, “One of the great things about NARAS is being able to influence where educational events are directed.” 1st Vice President and musician Nancy Rumble has been on the education committee for a few years and added, “High School programs needs help, they need professional input.”

Two major foundations that NARAS is involved with is The Grammy® Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Recording Academy that is dedicated to advancing music and arts-based education across the country, and MusiCares®, a foundation established in 1989 that focuses the attention and resources of the music industry on health, human service and welfare issues that affect all music people. MusiCares', primary purpose is to ensure that music people have a place to turn during their times of need.

The presentation was inspiring as well as educational. Mackie looks forward to further involvement with the PNW Branch of NARAS by sponsoring events like The 1st Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit that took place last fall, and assisting in spreading the word of NARAS and its benefits to fellow NW musicians.


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