Michael Greene Grammy Bio
Michael Greene is an accomplished music professional, executive and leader with more than four decades of experience in the world-wide music industry. He’s best known for his 10 albums and 16 year tenure with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the country’s pre-eminent music trade organization which produces the Grammy Awards.
Greene led NARAS as Chairman and later President from 1985 to 2002. He’s widely credited with turning the once-sleepy Grammy Awards into an international music phenomenon seen by almost 2 billion people. Greene currently serves as president and CEO of Artist Tribe, a cultural technology, software, database developer and media company. Artist Tribe also provides a wide range of support and guidance for emerging musical artists and other creative individuals.
Greene spent his early life in the Atlanta area. He attended West Georgia College (now called the University of West Georgia), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business. Always musical at heart, he began a recording, songwriting and production career that would lead to his ultimately being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
As a writer and producer, Greene worked with Warner Brothers, General Recording Corporation and Mercury Records. He is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of two music studios — Apogee Sound Studios and Crawford Sound Studios — that have each served major-label stars and industrial clients for decades. Greene also ran several successful publishing companies during the 1970s and 1980s.
In the early 1980s, Greene saw an opportunity in the nexus of cable television and music television which were emerging at that time. He founded two cable production, ad placement and general consulting firms: Total Entertainment & Media Productions and The Cable Marketing Group. Both were successful in the early epicenter of the cable television industry. Greene also founded the Video Music Channel, an early version of MTV which was seen in over 4 million homes subscribers.
Also in the early 1980s, Greene worked as senior vice president of Universal Video Corporation, an Indiana-based company that produced original video content for the nation’s first Direct Broadcast Satellite company, USCI.
Greene was executive vice president of Crawford Post Production, Satellite Services, Communications and Interactive Services Companies, still an industry leader in Atlanta, Ga.
After serving as the Chairman of the Board for 2 years, Greene began his tenure as NARAS’ first President and CEO in 1988 and led the organization in that capacity for 14 years. While at NARAS, he founded MusiCares, a support and addiction treatment organization for musicians worldwide, and served as spokesperson for the National Association of Music Therapists (subsequently rebranded as the American Music Therapy Association). Greene also launched The Grammy Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit devoted to educational and preservation-oriented grantmaking in the field of music. The Grammy Foundation’s efforts have initiated many educational, archiving and cultural initiatives, including the National Recording Registry.