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Recording Academy announces creation of Black Music Collective


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The US society of music creators, the Recording Academy, has publicly aligned with #TheShowMustBePaused movement for a while and is now announcing its Black Music Collective, a group of prominent Black music creators. The ambition is to “amplify Black voices within the Academy and the music community,” whilst also identifying future opportunities for change.

The Recording Academy has named Jeffrey Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, John Legend, and Sylvia Rhone as honorary chairs for the collective.

“As Black music continues to drive culture, it is essential we grow and maintain representation within the Academy and the music industry,” said Valeisha Butterfield Jones, the Recording Academy’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

The Recording Academy has already launched a series of public initiatives, donations and assigning of funds to focus on underrepresented communities.

Yesterday, a list of demands and action steps was published by the #TheShowMustBePaused movement, and by immediately showing a willingness to embrace elements of that list, the Recording Academy is making a very public forward step. It will be fascinating to see how other major industry players respond.

Joe Sparrow

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