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Grammy Academy launches recording credits campaign

By | Published on Tuesday 28 August 2012

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Grammy organiser The Recording Academy has launched a new campaign to persuade digital music services to ensure that everyone involved in any one recording – ie the people who would be name-checked in the liner notes of a physical release – are credited via digital releases too.

That songwriters, producers, session musicians and other people involved in the creation of sound recordings are losing their credits in the digital age has been debated in certain quarters of the music community for sometime, with the Music Producers’ Guild perhaps being most vocal on the matter here in the UK. The Grammy campaign, though, spins this trend from the point of view of music fans rather than music creators, arguing that not only do music people have the right to be credited on their work, but consumers have a right to access that information.

Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow told reporters: “The staggering pace of digital innovation gives consumers access to more and more information, but in this case – digitally released music without liner notes – the music fan is getting less information. We can watch movies online with the credits included, and the same should be true for digitally released recordings. If music devices can access millions of tracks in the cloud, we’re confident we can find a way to acknowledge those who created the tracks here on Earth”.

The Give Fans The Credit campaign will encourage music consumers to sign a petition in support of digital credits, while various representatives of the music industry will talk to digital service providers about how they could make such information available. The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, meanwhile, will continue in its efforts to ensure that accurate meta-data including all appropriate credits is contained within digital music files.