The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences opened a chapter in Nashville in 1965. Nashville was the fourth of twelve chapters established throughout the United States. The organization's mission promotes and support music through education and advocacy. Its premier event is the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Grammy Awards are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in the recording industry based solely on merit, creativity, and innovation. NARAS, also known as the Recording Academy, chooses award winner without regard to album sales or chart position. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.