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The Latin Recording Academy to Receive Arts Award at the 30th Hispanic Heritage Awards

Cynthia Pleitez

Marketing and Communications Strategist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2017                                        

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY ® WILL RECEIVE THE ARTS AWARD
AT THE 30th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS ON SEPTEMBER 14th

“America’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration” will be Broadcast October 6th on PBS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today that The Latin Recording Academy® will receive the Arts Award at the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will take place on September 14th at the historic Warner Theatre, in Washington, D.C. A special music tribute segment from past Latin GRAMMY® winners will also be included in the show, celebrating the first time the Hispanic Heritage Awards honor a membership-based arts organization. The Awards – which were created by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America – are among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions that co-host the program.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will include top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the Honorees from the stage, and will be broadcast nationally on Friday, October 6, 2017, (10:00 p.m. ET) on PBS. The Awards recognize the contributions and accomplishments of leading Latino individuals and organizations in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. Actor Gael García Bernal was recently announced as this year’s VISION AWARD Honoree, and additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

As we celebrate our own 30th anniversary, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is privileged to honor the accomplishments of The Latin Recording Academy during the 20th Anniversary of its founding,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “Through the broadcast of The Biggest Night in Latin Music® and its year-long advocacy and philanthropic work, The Latin Recording Academy has become the world’s leading champion for the advancement of our distinctive cultural soundtrack. The peer-to-peer artistic recognition of The Latin GRAMMY Awards® has been a major stepping stone in the career growth of many top Latin music artists, a number of whom we have also been blessed to honor as past HHA recipients. For all of The Latin Recording Academy’s efforts, they have our utmost respect, and are well-deserving of our arts Award as both of our organizations celebrate milestone years.”  

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.

A main purpose of the Latin GRAMMY Awards is to recognize excellence and create a greater public awareness of the cultural diversity of Latin recording artists and creators, both domestically and internationally. This year’s Latin GRAMMY nominations will be announced on September 20th, with the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards set to take place November 16th in Las Vegas.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards are unique in that educators, physicians, innovators, businesspersons, community leaders, and elected officials stand alongside celebrities and great artists in representing the great value Latinos provide the United States and the globe.  Past Honorees have included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Oscar Hijuelos, Juan Luis Guerra, Ana Gabriel, Rita Moreno, Plácido Domingo, Junot Díaz, Celia Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Tito Puente, Anthony Quinn, Juan Marichal, Los Tigres Del Norte, José Feliciano, Isabel Allende, Pedro Martinez, Alejandro Sanz, Oscar De La Hoya, Pepe Aguilar, Gloria Estefan, Martin Sheen, Andy Garcia, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Eva Longoria, and Zoe Saldana, among many others.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round, award-winning programs which inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields.  HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on the mission of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

For more information on the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Awards or to request media credentials,please contact John Reilly at  212.878.5076 /  jreilly@rogersandcowan.com  or Sylvia Bedrosian: sbedrosian@rogersandcowan.com

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