Industry organisation Women in Music has announced the first members of its diversity & inclusion council, as well as plans to hold a series of events in the US and abroad in 2020. The board includes executives Chissy Nkemere (Concord), Nikisha Bailey (Atlantic Records), Mayna Nevarez (Nevarez PR), Sonja Kim (Pandora), Jeff Hammer (Northwestern Mutual), Michael Adams Jr. (Asylum Records) and Nick Maiale (Music Biz).

Meanwhile, the events (“to learn, educate, open conversations and offer resources”) will take place next year in 10 US cities, plus Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, India, Japan and the UK. “Our goal in creating the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Women In Music is to make sure we are being intentional in all of our work, and to meet the needs of underrepresented groups that too often go unaddressed under the larger gender equity umbrella,” said president Nicole Barsalona. “We want to open up the conversation in a real and impactful way – for women of colour, for the LGBTQ community, for our male allies, and more – to create a safer, more inclusive and more equitable music industry for all.”

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