“There is nothing more rewarding than having the trust and respect of your colleagues and peers,” Mason said in a press release. He continued:
I am honored to have been appointed to continue to lead the Recording Academy on our journey of transformation. Although I did not initially expect to take on this role, I remain deeply invested in the success of the organization and I am motivated to help us achieve our greatest ambitions. I will humbly serve with an unwavering commitment to building a more inclusive, responsive and relevant Academy.
Dugan was officially fired in March 2020. She was put on administrative leave for unspecified misconduct on January 17 of that year. Subsequently, she filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) in January 2020, where she raised explosive allegations of sexual harassment, racism and multiple cases. corruption and conflicts of interest within the Academy.
Among Dugan’s allegations in his EEOC complaint was that former Recording Academy director Neil Portnow raped a woman after performing at Carnegie Hall, which Portnow called “ridiculous.” Dugan replaced Portnow as CEO of the Recording Academy in August 2019, making her the Academy’s first female president and CEO. He was forced to step down following his 2018 comment that women in the music industry need to ‘step up’.
The goal of Mason’s tenure as Interim President and CEO has been to improve the transparency of the Grammy Awards, make changes to voting procedures, and increase diversity within the Recording Academy. . Since assuming this role, the Recording Academy has launched a new wing of songwriters and composers as well as the Black Music Collective, implemented the final recommendations of its Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. and hired the first-ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Under Mason’s direction, MusiCares has raised and distributed over $ 24 million to help struggling artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted that Harvey will remain at the helm and continue to lead the organization during this pivotal time,” Research Committee Co-Chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones said in a joint statement. “As we deepened our in-depth research, it became clear that the best fit for the job was Harvey. We are extremely impressed with the remarkable work he has accomplished during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the Academy under his effective and results-oriented leadership.