The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) is working on a double strategy: to become more responsive to its constituency; and to reach out to the music community at large and increase membership in the organization that promotes and celebrates artists through various endeavours that include the Juno Awards.
As part of the former, Academy delegates are being asked to submit suggestions for three annual "special" Juno achievement awards: an inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.
This past year, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame; Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award; and Canadian music entrepreneur (and Rush's longtime manager) Ray Danniels was the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.
If you have suggestions for nominees in these categories, the Academy wants to hear from you by the 22nd of this month. Take a few minutes out of this upcoming long weekend and get involved by replying to the membership e-mail sent to you. If you want to join and make yourself heard, link here.