Academy, presenting at the Grammys, will create a group against discrimination of women

© AP Photo / Charles Rex ArbogastСтатуэтка Grammy. Archive photoAcademy, presenting at the Grammys, will create a group against discrimination of women© AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Academy of recording USA, presenting the music award «Grammy», will create a special working group on the protection of women’s music community from discrimination, according to the publication Pitchfork, citing a statement by the President of the Academy.

Earlier, after the presentation of the award «Grammy» President of the National Academy of art and science of sound recording of the USA Neil Portnow said in an interview that women working in the music industry, needs «to be active». These words drew criticism in the music community.

In the statement, which quotes the edition, Portnow noted that his words were wrongly interpreted, however, acknowledged the existing problem of discrimination against women. «The Academy of recording creates an independent working group to consider all aspects of the work of our organization and to identify what more we can do to overcome the apparent obstacles and unconscious biases that impede the advancement of women in the music community,» said Portnow.

Previously holding senior positions in the music industry women sent an open letter to the Academy calling for the shift Portnow from office. Also opened petition for the dismissal of the President of the Academy. At the moment it was signed by 13 thousand people. Portnow apologized for his words, said after the awards ceremony.

On Monday in Los Angeles hosted the 59th awards ceremony the recording Academy, the US «Grammy». The Grammy awards are awarded annually in more than 70 categories, including style of classical music. The idea of the prize was born to professional musicians in Los Angeles in 1957, which marked the 80th anniversary of the invention of the phonograph by Thomas Edison. Hence the name «Grammy» and the prize statuette (gold gramophone).