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RII Wins the 2021 Local That Works Contest!

All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce that our Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII) has been named the winner of Current’s 2021 Local that Works contest!

RII was selected out of over 100 public service media organizations from across the United States, and voted the winner at Current’s Grand Finale on November 9, 2021. Local that Works recognizes excellence in media content, community engagement, and revenue initiatives, as a collaboration of Current.org, Public Media Futures, and the Wyncote Foundation.

The honor comes with a $20,000 prize, which the Initiative will leverage to help fund the next phase of the project: national expansion to peer stations around the country. Learn more about RII in our exciting new video:

RII is also proud to announce two new partners, PARMA Recordings and The Sorel Organization.

All Classical Portland welcomes PARMA Recordings and its subsidiary Navona Records as the official record label for the Recording Inclusivity Initiative. Music released by the GRAMMY-winning team at PARMA Recordings has been featured everywhere from CBS to Carnegie Hall, Microsoft to the Musikverein, and even Nintendo and National Geographic. Since 2008, PARMA has produced over 1,000 commercial releases, and has been nominated in two GRAMMY Award ceremonies in 2020 and 2021. With a staff of dozens across the globe and thousands of musicians recording for projects, the label is committed to producing great music in a responsible way, and RII is proud to be its newest partner.

The Sorel Organization will help fund a national database of recordings for radio stations to easily access RII recordings and to upload their own recordings in the future. The database will allow stations to work together, and share recordings to expand playlists of classical music radio stations nationwide. This financial support is vital to the national rollout of RII, and will help to stimulate exponential impact through the Initiative and its adoption by other radio stations across the United States.

Established in 1996 by pianist Claudette Sorel and named for her parents, The Sorel Organization seeks to expand and build opportunities for women in the fields of conducting, composition, film scoring, performance, arts leadership, education, and beyond, making it a perfect partner for RII and All Classical Portland. Both organizations are committed to expanding the reach and inclusion of classical music for all.

Keep reading about the new partnerships in our most recent press release.

Learn more about RII at recordinginclusivity.allclassical.org.

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