The Grammy Museum has announced a new way for music fans to access and enjoy its archives, in the form of never-before-released digital Public Programmes. They’ll be available in three weekly editions while the museum is closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A varied list of initial featured artists includes Billie Eilish, Kool and the Gang and Greta Van Fleet.
The Public Programmes include sit-down interviews with artists and musicians, filmed in the museum’s 200-seat Clive Davis Theatre for past events. The museum has offered more than 900 such programmes since it opened 12 years ago. The first artist in the new series, whose programme is available from today (Wednesday) is Scarypoolparty, otherwise known as Californian musician Alejandro Aranda.
British soul-Americana artist Yola will be next to feature on Saturday (21); Eilish and her brother FINNEAS have their digital programme launched on 1 April. Dance-soul frontrunners Kool and the Gang end the current series on 6 April.
Grammy Museum slideshows
Additionally, every Friday, the museum will release exhibit slideshows featuring past exhibitions every Friday, beginning this week (20 March) with X: 40 Years Of Punk in Los Angeles. 27 March sees the arrival of Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime. The slideshows include images of installations and artefacts, selected media content featured in the exhibition, exhibit text, playlists and captions.
During its physical closure, the Museum will also release educational content and lesson plans via its website and digital platforms. The initiative forms part of its mission to pay tribute to our collective musical heritage and to bring our community together through music. It will share daily playlists and thoughts curated by museum staff, including the guest services and security team members, to help keep all employees engaged during the closure. More educational and digital programming will be announced soon.
“At the Grammy Museum, we believe that music has the power to bring us together, strengthen our sense of community and drive us forward,” says museum president Michael Sticka. “Especially in times when it feels like we are being pulled apart. We believe at its core, everything that we do is to better our community through music.
“The Grammy Museum’s doors may be closed, but our mission isn’t,” he goes on. “This is about our community, nationwide, even globally. It is our privilege to share these never-before-released interviews by beloved artists with you and bring them into your homes. With these programmes, we hope that people will find solace and inspiration.”
The Public Programmes schedule is as follows:
18 March – Scarypoolparty
21 March – Yola
23 March – Bob Newhart
25 March – Larkin Poe
28 March – X Ambassadors
30 March – Brandi Carlile
1 April – Billie Eilish and FINNEAS
4 April – Greta Van Fleet
6 April – Kool And The Gang