Sony Music Publishing boss Jon Platt is one of the big draws at this week’s Music Biz conference in Nashville. In his keynote yesterday, the music industry’s most senior Black executive offered his views on diversity, equity and inclusion.
“We’re in a diverse industry, but from the talent perspective… I see no reason why it shouldn’t be a diverse industry inside the companies,” said Platt, according to Variety.
“I want our company to represent what the industry really is, what the music is that we represent, and we have to be intentional about it. Something that my leadership team hears me say often is: We’ve got to be comfortable being uncomfortable… You know, approaching the challenges of DEI, it’s not a social media post. It’s not lip service. There’s a lot of people that are committed to this until they have to give up something, and share something.”
The keynote also saw Platt announce Sony’s latest catalogue acquisition: of songs from country songwriter Ashley Gorley that also extends to future works. Sony teamed up with investment firm Domain Capital Group on the deal.