Angelia Bibbs-Sanders has the ability, the skills, the experience and the vision to succeed at just about any challenge she could face. So why not consider her to succeed Neil Portnow as President of the Recording Academy? She’s a former Grammy senior executive who championed diversity during her tenure.

Founder and CEO of ABS Collective, has built a long and successful career as a music industry  professional with an invaluable list of contacts, resources and credentials. While heading ABS Collective, Bibbs-Sanders has been integral in helping organizations, creative music makers and industry executives reach their professional goals and aspirations. She’s worked closely with some of the best and brightest talent in the music world, including: Stevie Wonder, HBO Diversity Marketing, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, The Guild of Music Supervisors, The Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA,) and singer/songwriter Goapele.

Prior to launching ABS Collective, Bibbs-Sanders joined The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) in 1997. In 2001, she was promoted to Vice President of The Recording Academy’s Western Region. In this role, she managed membership outreach efforts as well as programs and services for Seattle, San Francisco, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii and Colorado offices and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the Los Angeles Chapter’s membership. In November 2003, Bibbs-Sanders was appointed Vice President, Member Services. In this role, her responsibilities included the oversight of all 12 Academy offices nationwide, the Producers & Engineers Wing, and the development and implementation of new initiatives like The Recording Academy Honors, GRAMMY Jam, and the GRAMMY University Network.

As an executive who has always believed in education and giving back to the community, Angelia is very active with charitable and community-based organizations. She has served as a Trustee for the Center of Early Education and currently sits on executive committees for the Cedars-Sinai Brain Trust, City of Hope, and Council of Urban Professionals

Here’s a mind blowing fun fact — the Recording Academy is 60 years old; Angelia is the only person of color who has been a Vice President — That’s CRAZY!!   How can that be… given the importance of the music created during that era? Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Janet, Dr. Dre. Kendrick, Jam & Lewis, LA & Babyface, Tupac, DJ Khalid, Drake, Lauryn Hill, OutKast, Lil Wayne, Whitney, Stevie, Marvin, J-Lo, Diddy…; a significant amount of the most compelling music of the last 30 years has been created by people of color. We continue to drive this industry with our music today, and yet we are rarely represented in the boardroom as decision makers.  That is sad!!
Let’s rally our community and work to get diverse leadership at the helm of the Recording Academy.

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