This just keeps getting better! Today in the Hollywood Reporter, the President of The Academy was interviewed. He was asked about me…and other Indies:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/recording-academy-chief-grammys-pandora-417608

THR: Last year, unknown singer-songwriter Linda Chorney got a nomination for best Americana album alongside thanks to Grammy365.com, where musicians can campaign for votes. This year, German artist Al Walser got one. Is this a legitimate way to get nominated?

Portnow: That’s a fair question. Grammy365 was intended to be a lot of things, including a way for people to communicate with other academy members. What we found over time is that there are elements that have become concerns, like the ability to lobby online. But none of what was done was outside of our rules and regulations — it was some very aggressive and savvy folks who got enough attention from our voting members. We had over 17,500 entries this year, so for that to be a nomination means a fair amount of people listened and voted for it. Now the question is, “How do you feel in hindsight about member-to-member accessibility in that fashion?” We’ve done a lot of research and are planning a redesign of the site, which will be renamed sometime in the spring, and we will then address the issue: that members feel like their privacy is respected and the ability to lobby is on an equal level.

THIS IS WHAT I AM BITCHING ABOUT! There is no disclosure here. This is not about members being bombarded to listen to music, and the academy to redesign the site. It’s total bullshit!!  They changed the rules. Period. They put in committees, so if one of us happens to get in, fair and square, with the foundation they offered, they now put in committees, without telling the members, to omit us. THEY control the final five! It is not a democracy…but they certainly will take our hard earned money, so Neil can maintain his 1,200 square foot office.





  1. 1 Sig Rosen
    February 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Hi Scott & Linda, There are always technical & interested gatekeepers. How DO you & I EVER get to hear all the music we want to know & hear(again!). Someday a smart APP will think for us- but how does it parse my interest in Aboriginal Chant/ 20c Chamber music/Americana/Friends/Leonin/you name it? Propinquity in hearing as in marriage- the need to be surprised. Cheers Sig

    • March 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Hi Sig,

      It’s so frustrating that I could write an entire book on the subject…oh wait! I did. I think you will clearly enjoy the read!

      Keep making music, my friend,

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