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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 24, 2006) — The Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy® and The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) today announced a special Music On Film Workshop featuring panelist Karyn Rachtman and moderator Ralph Sutton. The event will be held at the Media Co-Op at First Congo Church (1000 South Cooper St.) on Feb. 2 beginning at 7 p.m. and is free for Recording Academy members, $15 for students and $25 for general admission. Seating is limited. Attendees must R.S.V.P. to reserve their space, courtneyb@grammy.com or 901.525.1340.

Through her company, Mind Your Music, Karyn Rachtman is a musical supervisor and producer for a multitude of motion pictures, including Boogie Nights, Bulworth, North Country, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Reality Bites. She is currently working on the movie Barnyard, to be released by Paramount Pictures. A former vice president at Capitol Records, she also is starting up an artist management company, as well as releasing children's books called Hip Kid Hop, written by rappers.

These special events are designed to give both members of The Recording Academy and non-members insight into the production and engineering fields. Clips of the panelists' work are shown and the panelists will provide background on how they became involved in the industry and on the kinds of facilities needed to produce their work. The event closes with a question-and-answer session.

"There is so much great music out there today, and there are many different ways for it to be used," notes Producers & Engineers Wing Executive Director Maureen Droney. "Memphis has been developing a reputation as a great place to make movies and commercials. The P&E Wing is proud and excited to help present this event, which will provide valuable information about the inner workings of soundtracks for film and television."

Ralph Sutton has a well-established background in the music industry as a recording engineer and record producer. Over his more than twenty years of experience, he’s worked with music industry elite, from Stevie Wonder to Prince, and Motley Crue to Marvin Gaye. Sutton recently left behind the entertainment capital of Los Angeles to bring the “funk” back to Memphis. Here, he launched his own studio – Studio D – at the House of Blues recording studio. Sutton is a graduate of the Recording Institute of America and UCLA. He recently completed work with The Recording Academy on its The Grammy’s Salute to Gospel.

Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies, recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives.

The Wing builds on the existingregional professional development activities of The Recording Academy, which include workshops, forums and panel discussions, and other recording technology-related events, all
occurring locally and nationally throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.grammy.com/pe_wing.

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as 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 Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs — including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download® (www.WhatsTheDownload.com). For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

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Barb Dehgan
The Recording Academy
Lisa Roy


Event Contact:
Katherine Sage/Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy/901.525.1340


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