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ACM@UCO CEO Invited to be Member of 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame Selection Committee

Portrait of Scott Booker

May 9, 2017

Media Contact:  Liz Johnson, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, ACM@UCO, 405-974-4711, ejohnson26@uco.edu

ACM@UCO CEO Invited to be Member of 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame Selection Committee  

Scott Booker, CEO and executive director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), will serve as a member of the Recording Academy’s 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame committee.  Invited by Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), this is the second year Booker has been invited to serve on the committee.           

According to Grammy.org, “The Grammy Hall of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.  Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.”

Past Grammy Hall of Fame recipients include “Abbey Road” by The Beatles, “Blood on the Tracks” by Bob Dylan, “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland, and “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, to name a few.  A complete list of past recipients can be found at www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/hall-of-fame.           

“It’s such an honor to be asked by the Grammy Hall of Fame to help curate the recognition of music that has shaped our lives,” said Booker.           

“Last year I suggested Merle Haggard and his ‘Okie From Muskogee’ album and was happy to see it included.  I’m excited to be a part of such an exciting organization working to raise our awareness of classic albums and songs.”           

In addition to serving as the CEO and executive director of the ACM@UCO, Booker continues to manage three-time Grammy Award-winning band, the Flaming Lips, as well as Oklahoma City-based indie rock band Horse Thief and Night Moves, a Minneapolis-based countrified rock band. 

The ACM@UCO is an innovative contemporary music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering industry-based, real world educational experiences for those interested in a career in contemporary music.  Students can earn a two-year associate’s degree in music performance, music business or music production and have the option to continue on to earn the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Contemporary Music.  Additionally, the academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offers minors in music performance, music business and music production for UCO students majoring in other disciplines.

At the ACM@UCO Booker has guided the creation of much of the music business and music history classes ensuring that students learn about artists ranging from the Velvet Underground and Frank Sinatra to Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell.  Additionally, he has secured various artists to participate in the ACM@UCO Master Class Series, which features influential musicians and music industry professionals.  Past master class guests include Elvis Costello, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, John Oates of Hall & Oates, Ted Dwane and Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey of The Who and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

For further information about the ACM@UCO or to read more about Scott Booker, visit www.acm-uco.com.

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Cutline:  Scott Booker, CEO and executive director of the ACM@UCO, was recently invited to be a member of The Recording Academy’s 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame committee.