Recording Academy and Shade of Change announce #ChangeMusic RoadMap
The Recording Academy and Racial Justice Organization Color of Change have announced the #ChangeMusic RoadMap – an initiative aimed at creating racial justice in the music industry. The full RoadMap can be viewed on the Color of Change website.
According to the group’s mission statement, the purpose of the initiative is to “increase the number of blacks and other under-represented groups in key roles in the academy, [its] Affiliates and the industry as a whole (i.e., voting members, musicians, producers, sound engineers and other recording professionals). “
In addition, the groups want to “ensure more justice by increasing the representation of blacks and other underrepresented groups in critical roles across the music industry” and “identify and reduce systemic barriers to the representation and fair treatment of blacks and other subordinates” – represented Groups across the industry. “
In addition to the goals above, the initiative includes planned investments in black careers, funding anti-racist training events, creating equal pay, increasing the number of black people in leadership positions, and more.
“In a year of insurrection, illness and distance, music has been both a healing power and a call to action. It has helped us come to terms with our pain and drive social change. This moment provides an unprecedented opportunity to change patterns of exclusion and humiliation and take action towards progress, ”said Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change, in a press release. “In order to honor and reinforce the past, present and future contributions of black artists, the music industry needs to break down the long-standing barriers. #ChangeMusic is our first step. ”
Harvey Mason Jr., Chairman and Interim President / CEO of the Recording Academy added:
Change cannot wait. We believe this #ChangeMusic roadmap will be key to driving advancement in the academy and music industry. It has been developed over the past few months with the aim of holding us accountable. The roadmap is intended to serve as an important tool to support the changes that we urgently need to make together in music. This is a new era for the Recording Academy and we are not going to stop until the job is done. The Recording Academy and Color of Change invite our colleagues and partners to join us on this path of transformation.
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