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National Music Council Honors Vivian Scott Chew and Ray Chew


On Sunday, June 25, during the gala celebration at the AFM Convention, the National Music Council will honor music visionaries Ray Chew of Local 802 (New York City) and Vivian Scott Chew with the 39th annual American Eagle Award. The award, which will be presented by Academy and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Regina Belle, honors those who have made career-long contributions to American musical culture, promoting the ideal of music education for all children, and supporting the protection of creators’ rights locally and internationally.

Iconic music director, producer, and composer Ray Chew’s work has been celebrated for excellence both in front of the camera and behind the scenes for decades. His reputation as one of the most sought-after collaborative talents in the global music industry is rivaled only by his commitment to passing along the benefits of his experiences to future generations of composers, arrangers, performers, and producers. (Read more about Ray Chew’s career in the June IM.)

Vivian Scott Chew is an equally innovative figure in the global music and entertainment industry, with an accomplished history at ASCAP, Polygram Records, and Sony Music, and as co-founder and principal of TimeZone International—the first US based African American owned company that provides recording artists with international marketing and promotion services.

The Chews are founding partners in Chew Entertainment—a premiere event production firm whose work includes the annually acclaimed A Night of Inspiration at Carnegie Hall, an all-star concert promoting diversity and unity. The couple remains steadfast in their commitment to philanthropy through the Power 2 Inspire Foundation, which they created to identify and nurture the future of music creators and industry leaders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they led fundraising efforts in partnership with the AFM to benefit out of work musicians.

The National Music Council, of which the AFM is a member, was chartered by Congress in 1940 as a forum for free discussion of the country’s national music affairs. It promotes music and music education, and represents the US to the International Music Council.

The convention and gala are open to all AFM members. For details and registration information visit:

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