LOS ANGELES, CA – Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR) said today that it has accepted an invitation from The Recording Academy® to serve as an Official Sound Partner to the GRAMMY® Awards. The multi-year partnership, which builds upon a successful relationship that began earlier this year, will commence during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Week festivities in January 2010.
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to continue our support for the outstanding artists and technicians whose talents bring out the best in Harman systems and to delight our mutual stakeholders,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Many of our own employees began their careers on the stage or in the recording studio, and their passion shows in Harman’s products. We look forward to working closely with The Recording Academy both to recognize the contributions of music professionals and to further advance the science of quality sound.”
“The performance of Harman’s audio systems and the passion of its people are integral to the industry and artists we serve,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy, which presents the GRAMMY Awards. “Faithfully capturing and reproducing fine music is an art form in itself, and we are grateful for Harman’s longstanding contributions in bringing premium sound to our mutual constituents."
The partnership was announced yesterday during a gathering at the new GRAMMY MuseumSM at L.A. LIVE, which prominently features Harman professional audio systems. Mr. Portnow also presented Harman with a special proclamation that recognizes the Company’s support and decades of contribution to audio technologies. Beyond its deep roots in the recording and music industries, Harman is no stranger to the GRAMMYs. The Company’s JBL unit is the first and only loudspeaker manufacturer to be awarded a Technical GRAMMY Award, in 2005,
“We are deeply honored by this recognition from The Recording Academy as one of the industry’s preeminent forces in musical excellence,” said Mr. Paliwal. “Harman audio systems are privileged to perform with many of The Academy’s talented musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals, and we are humbled by their confidence.”
Harman once again will sponsor The Recording Academy/Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala, hosted by the legendary music executive who has managed several prominent record labels and has himself earned three GRAMMY Awards. Harman will also be a participating sponsor at the official GRAMMY Viewing Parties (which will be held throughout Hard Rock Cafe locations across the country), the annual MusiCares® Person of the Year Tribute, and the official GRAMMY Celebration after-party. The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on January 31, 2010, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8:00pm ET/PT.
PHOTO CAPTION: Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow (left) congratulates Harman International Chairman and CEO Dinesh Paliwal on the Company’s multi-year invitation to serve as an Official Sound Partner to the GRAMMY® Awards. The two executives also celebrated a special proclamation from The Recording Academy that recognizes Harman International’s long-standing support and contributions to the science of premium sound.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, 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 preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
About Harman International
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The Company maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs about 9,500 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands spans some 15 leading names including AKG®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
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