Grammy Museum Ups Michael Sticka To President


Michael Sticka

The GRAMMY MUSEUM Exec. Dir. MICHAEL STICKA has been promoted to President, with a contract that runs through 2022. Furthermore, THE RECORDING ACADEMY and THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY have invested significant funds in the nonprofit GRAMMY MUSEUM — the largest in history that either group has made to the MUSEUM. 

THE RECORDING ACADEMY has donated $5 million for renovations and technology updates throughout the MUSEUM. The LATIN ACADEMY has committed more than $500,000 over a three-year period to expand Latin music-focused exhibits, Latin music focused education programs, and hiring a Latin music curator. 

STICKA, who first joined THE RECORDING ACADEMY in MARCH 2014, will oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more.

“Under MICHAEL’s leadership and guidance, THE GRAMMY MUSEUM has not only secured substantial new investments from THE RECORDING ACADEMY and THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY, but has also seen a tremendous increase in visitors, revenue from attendance, merchandise and event sales, and more” RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO and GRAMMY MUSEUM Chairman NEIL PORTNOW said. “THE MUSEUM’s growth and path towards cementing its status as ‘the’ steward and place where Music Has A Home, as well as its future financial and business well-being is reflective of and a testament to MICHAEL’s strategic vision, impressive operational skills, and exceptional leadership.”

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with THE GRAMMY MUSEUM,” THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO GABRIEL ABAROA JR. said. “THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY and THE GRAMMY MUSEUM share the commitment of educating the public about the significant contributions Latin music has made in the world. I look forward to expanding our presence inside THE GRAMMY MUSEUM in an impactful way that guides the narrative and preserves the stories of Latin music and its creators.”

“THE MUSEUM had significant positive transformations and upgrades as soon as Michael began his leadership as Exec. Dir. last year,” GRAMMY MUSEUM Board member CAROLYN POWERS said. “Under MICHAEL’s new role as President, I’m excited to see this continue and for the future of THE MUSEUM.”

“As Exec. Dir., I’ve witnessed our team’s incredible passion, hard work, and dedication, which has strengthened our impact and presence in the LOS ANGELES music and education communities,” said STICKA. “I’m honored that the Board has entrusted me in the role as President, allowing me to continue leading this extraordinary team with the purpose of driving our social good within the community and uphold THE MUSEUM’s mission to educate, inspire, cultivate creativity, and share the significance of music. Over the course of the next several years, we will continue our investment in our curatorial mission and in our community engagement and education programs with the goal of reaching 100,000 students over the next five years.”

In addition to its music education initiatives, THE GRAMMY MUSEUM is investing nearly $5 million in state-of-the-art curatorial and interactive guest experiences, including renovations to all four floors of THE MUSEUM, as well as new technology that will be available to visitors.  In FEBRUARY and MARCH, THE MUSEUM hit two of its highest months of attendance in history due to the success of its DOLLY PARTON exhibit.

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