Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum Interview: Nancy Shapiro
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December 3, 2012 - Nancy Shapiro has enjoyed a distinguished, groundbreaking music-business career. She is senior vice president of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards; the charitable MusiCares Foundation; and more. Shapiro joined the Recording Academy in 1985 as executive director of the Nashville chapter. Based in Los Angeles and Nashville, Shapiro today oversees all twelve of the Academy’s chapters, which serve over 22,000 members, and she is the highest-ranking woman in the organization. Shapiro was appointed by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to the Music City Music Council and she serves as chair of the Music Makes Us advisory council for Metro Nashville Public Schools. She also is on the board of the Country Music Association and has assumed many other leadership roles. The interview focuses on Shapiro’s rise as a highly respected executive in the music community, her work with the Academy and in music-education reform, and challenges facing the recording industry. This program is illustrated with photos, recordings, and film footage. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, made possible by the Gibson Foundation, is presented annually to honor a music industry leader who continues the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.