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SEATTLE, Wash. (Feb. 24, 2006) — The Pacific Northwest recording community will come together for a full day of education and networking at The Recording Academy®'s 6th Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit, which takes place on Saturday, Mar. 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Seattle's Experience Music Project (325 5th Ave. N, 98109; on the Seattle Center Campus). Featuring GC Pro as its title sponsor, the Summit brings together individuals from all walks of the music industry to focus on the craft and creation of sound recordings. Admission is free for Recording Academy members, $30 for students and EMP Members and $40 for the General Public.

"Producers and engineers are the unsung heroes of the music industry," comments Ben London, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy. "With their skill and dedication, they help fulfill the creative vision of all kinds of artists while also propelling forward the art of recording. The Studio Summit strives not only to spotlight the talents at work in the industry today, but also to educate the innovators of tomorrow."

The 2006 Summit includes a keynote interview by producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli, acclaimed for his work with Elton John, Beck, U2, Melissa Etheridge, Tori Amos, Etta James, and the Kronos Quartet, among many others.

Also featured is mastering legend Bernie Grundman, whose name is synonymous with mastering. Grundman's credits include Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Van Halen, Prince, The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Maroon 5, and Outkast, among thousands of other top recording artists. In the forefront of the industry for more than 30 years, he continues to master hit albums in every genre; in 2005 alone he worked on projects for everyone from Jack Johnson, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Cullum to Master P, John Frusciante and Cirque du Soleil.

Noted record producer Mike Clink will round out the day of presenting recording masters. Clink has 20 years of experience in the music industry working on projects that have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Famed for his work with legendary bands such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, and Metallica, Clink also specializes in developing new talent, most recently the Glitterati for Atlantic Records. Mike travels the world to record large media events, including ABC's Millennium Broadcast from Osaka, Japan, the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show, Super Bowl XXXVII Pre-Game Show, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship.

Other scheduled panels include a look at the all-important subject of today’s changing master delivery and archiving standards for digital recording featuring Steve Smith from Avastor Hard Drives and Rick Seneschal from Microsoft Studios. Throughout the day, GC Pro will provide hands on demonstrations of some of the newest recording equipment.

The Pacific Northwest Studio Summit was started in 2000 by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy and has featured some of the industry's top talent. Past participants include Steve Albini, Nile Rodgers, Bob Powers, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Phil Tan, Steve Fisk, Martin Feveyear, Jack Endino, Ryan Hadlock and Larry Crane.

The Pacific Northwest Studio Summit is being produced by the PNW Chapter of The Recording Academy and The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing along with GC Pro and Experience Music Project.

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 existing regional professional development activities of the 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 http://www.grammy.com/Recording_Academy/Producers_and_Engineers/.

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, please visit www.grammy.com.

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Event Contact:

Josh Ayala
Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy

Media Contacts:
Robbie Clyne
Neilson/Clyne, Inc.

Lisa Roy

Lourdes Lopez
The Recording Academy


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