Two days before the CBS-TV Latin Grammys broadcast on September 13, NARAS, the Grammys parent organization, held a "Person of the Year" dinner in Beverly Hills. The proceeds from the $25,000-a-table "benefit" went directly to the newly-created Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is controlled by NARAS head Mike Greene. The event's invitation claimed that "a portion of the proceeds from the tribute would benefit the Latin academy's educational outreach and human services." But, according to the LA Times' Chuck Philips, "the Latin academy does not even operate charitable 'educational outreach and human services' programs." Last May, Greene, who is currently under scrutiny as part of an IRS investigation of Grammy finances, requested a raise in his $1.1 million salary, although he is already America's highest-paid non-profit executive. The academy's trustees, mostly record company executives, unanimously agreed to hike Greene's annual pay by $200,000
[from Rock & Rap Confidential/2000]
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