The Recording Academy - Texas Chapter
Student: African & African Diasporas Studies Senior
Position: Student Representative
My internship site was the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy conveniently located in the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” The Recording Academy is the company best known for producing the annual GRAMMY Awards. The Office Intern and Student Representative positions are two possible internships provided by the Recording Academy office.
I served as the Texas Chapter GRAMMY U Student Representative. The Recording Academy offers the GRAMMY U program, which is intended for full-time college students who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. The Recording Academy created GRAMMY U to help prepare college students for careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. As the Student Representative for the state of Texas, I was responsible for working with my local Recording Academy Chapter office, Faculty Advisor, and the student members throughout the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
As the Student Representative, I committed an average of 20 hours each either in The Recording Academy office or remotely from campus and around Austin. I worked as a back-up and in some instances the point person, with specific student membership projects, committees, and meetings. Together with The Recording Academy and the Faculty Advisor, I planned and coordinated several programs this fall 2011 semester for the local GRAMMY University Network student member community. Some of these events included the GRAMMY U Kick-Off Hosted by rapper Paul Wall and DJ Spinderella, The GRAMMY U Song Search – Show Us Your Hits songwriting competition, Music Publishing 101, and many more.
I attended the Texas Chapter’s monthly Board Meeting to provide updates on the GRAMMY University Network Program to the Board of Governors. I helped to develop membership recruitment/retention strategies to maintain a healthy and vital student membership base. Another one of my duties included hosting and facilitating Student Membership Meetings on the University of Texas campus. I sometimes travelled to Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio to attend GRAMMY-related events.
The Recording Academy Texas Chapter is a regional office for the overreaching company, The Recording Academy, nationally based in Santa Monica, California. The company is most known for the GRAMMY Awards, but there are a number of other programs and advocacy groups that are also involved in the organization, such as the GRAMMY Foundation, GRAMMY in the Schools, GRAMMY University Network, MusiCares, and others.
The Texas Chapter deals a bit with each of these divisions, so as an intern, it is important to spend a few weeks getting acquainted with the company and all of its departments. Because it is a national company, there are also many rules and regulations to be acquainted with. There is a Recording Academy style guide that interns are to read through and abide by, as well as an “intern bible” that gets the intern up-to-speed with the day-to-day happenings of the office.
In my experience as a Texas Chapter Intern, I missed the GRAMMY preparation “season”, but I was able to help in the Texas Chapter’s viewing party. I was also able to help plan our South by Southwest festival Texas membership party and do a lot of the preparation work for the GRAMMY U: Summit @ The Field event, which was comprised of workshop sets, an internship fair, and a band showcase. As a student intern, it is important to give insight to the company from a student’s point of view, as they spend a lot of time and effort on developing the careers of young music professionals.
The honest truth: this is an internship. There is a great deal of administrative work that is done by the intern, and a lot of thankless jobs. However, it is reassuring to know that the work that is done by the intern is, in fact, meaningful and is used in direct connection with the membership.