Michael Sticka - President/CEO of the GRAMMY Museum

Education · The Creative Process

Aug 19 2022 • 25 mins

The GRAMMY Museum believes that music is a gateway to learning. Their mission is to explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of the creative process behind all forms of music through immersive and interactive exhibits and essential music education programs. Michael Sticka serves as President/CEO. He’s responsible for the creation of the Museum's growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization, overseeing the Museum Foundation™’s national programming, including GRAMMY In The Schools®, grants for music research and preservation and national affiliates. Their many projects include the multimillion-dollar renovation of the Museum in downtown Los Angeles, building the only gallery dedicated to Latin music in California; GRAMMY Museum at Home, a collection of virtual exhibits, artist programs and educational content available free to educators and music lovers worldwide; and their official streaming service COLLECTION:live™. An advocate for accessibility, the GRAMMY Museum became the only museum named as a Certified Autism Center™ in California.

“It's actually right in our mission statement that 'we celebrate the music of yesterday and today to inspire the music of tomorrow.' Through our education programs, we really focus on the next generation of music's creators and leaders. We do that through really specific curricula that is designed to educate particularly young people, K-12, about the business of music, especially for those who want to go into the industry.

Music education is the core of our mission. So that's why we don't just focus on education in Los Angeles, although that's a big piece to what we do. Music is everywhere, so we feel to the extent possible that we need to scale our education programs to as many cities as possible.

So what do we do? We have our signature school programming, which provides needed grants to public schools for music education, particularly purchasing instruments or anything else they may need for the learning experience. We have our Summer Session, which we just actually did in New York for the first time a couple of weeks ago as our Songwriting Camp.
We have Career Day. There are musicians in cities all over the country. So how do we use our relationships to connect professionals with students and schools throughout the country? The most exciting part is the ability to take our education programming and bring it to towns that aren’t epicenters of music… we bring our brand, resources, connections, and relationships to cities that have just as robust of a music scene or students that want to be a part of the industry.”

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