“Catch a Fire” Celebrates the Music of Island Records and Its Founder Chris Blackwell
The Recording AcademyA® Producers & Engineers WingA® Will Hold Its Third Annual GRAMMYA® Week Event at the Legendary Village Recording Studios
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2010) — The Recording AcademyA® Producers & Engineers WingA® will hold its third annual GRAMMYA® Week event at the Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles. Set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, days before the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, this event honors excellence in music and audio, and the professionals who work behind the scenes to create great recordings.
As part of 2010 GRAMMY Week, the P&E Wing will be celebrating the music of Island Records and its founder Chris Blackwell, whose vision and commitment brought to the world the music of artists such as Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Nick Drake, Melissa Etheridge, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Roxy Music, Cat Stevens, Toots and the Maytals, U2 and Steve Winwood. The special guest DJ for the evening will be Jason Bentley, producer/remixer/sound supervisor, and music director of KCRW radio.
Honorary chairs for “Catch a Fire” — named for the title of Bob Marley’s first album, which has been inducted into the 2010 GRAMMY Hall of Fame — are GRAMMY-winning musician/producers Jimmy Jam and Daniel Lanois.
The evening’s presenting partners are West LA Music/Westlake Audio and The Village Studios. Sponsors include AvidA®, Shure Incorporated, PMC Ltd., Prism Sound, Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL, and Lexicon, Monster CableA® Products, MelodyneA®, Korg, Native Instruments, MXL, KRK Systems, Sennheiser, Anheuser-Busch, Eco-friendly cocktails courtesy of VeeV, and Fiji Water.
“We are proud to celebrate the music of Island Records and its founder Chris Blackwell, and we look forward to hosting a special evening for the Producers & Engineers Wing and friends,” said Maureen Droney, the P&E Wing’s Sr. Executive Director. “To have so many great companies participate this year and partner with us in shining a spotlight on the recording community is truly an honor.”
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit
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Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit