Recording Academy Teams Up With Color of Change to "Promote Positive Social Change"
Committed to amplifying the voices of the Black music community.
The Recording Academy has announced that it has partnered up with Color of Change, the United States‘ largest online racial justice organization, to “promote positive social change within the music industry.” On top of this initiative, it has also donated $1 million USD to Color of Change.
According to the Academy, both companies will work together to amplify the voices of Black music creators and professionals. This will involve multiple strategies including the establishment of a “Black music advisory group, a membership campaign focusing on the Black music community to drive new voting members to the Academy, an industry-wide diversity and inclusion summit, and partnership in advocacy and legislative efforts.” The Recording Academy’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Valeisha Butterfield Jones said in a statement:
“Music plays a profound role in shaping our culture, and Black music has been the cornerstone in the development of the world’s dynamic soundscape. The Recording Academy has entered a new chapter of transformative change, and we are honored to partner with Color of Change as we work together to set new standards to elevate Black music creators and build a more diverse and equitable industry.”
Additionally, Color of Change will also provide input on the development of the Academy’s Inclusion Rider and Toolkit, which will debut later this year. To learn more about the music company’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, head on over to its website for more information.
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- Recording Academy