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Recording Academy faces further industry criticism


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Earlier this month, a group of six senior women from the music industry wrote to the Recording Academy calling for it to up its game on diversity, and offering their help. One report yesterday  on Music Business Worldwide suggested that they have been “seriously underwhelmed” by the response.

So, in a world where the term ‘hepeating’ has been coined to describe the situation where a woman says something in a meeting to be greeted by blank faces, only for a man to say it a few minutes later to a rapturous reception, imagine the biting irony if a new letter to the Academy from a group of senior men from the music industry gets a more convincing response?

Which is not to say the latter missive isn’t a welcome addition to the debate. Scooter Braun, Peter Mensch, Tom Windish are among the signatories – mainly from the management community rather than labels and publishers.

“We are writing to stand alongside and in solidarity with the women who penned letters to you regarding gender disparity and ask that more significant and robust action be taken by The Recording Academy to answer their call,” it explains.

“We realise the entire music industry, ourselves included, has significant work to do to achieve gender and ethnic diversity.  If NARAS aspires to be an authentic representation of our music industry, then now is the time for The Recording Academy to lead through balanced inclusivity.”

Stuart Dredge

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