Recording Academy Partners With Color of Change to Build Power for Black Music Creators and Professionals

Written by on July 7, 2020

The Recording Academy announced their partnership with Color of Change on a series of new diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition, the Recording Academy has made a $1 million donation to Color of Change.

Valeisha Butterfield Jones is the first chief diversity & inclusion officer at the Recording Academy.

The organizations will work together to drive and influence change in the music industry. Their work will be dedicated to building power for Black music creators and professionals. The initiatives will span several strategies, including:

  • the creation of a Black music advisory group,
  • a membership campaign focusing on the Black music community to drive new voting members to the Academy,
  • an industry-wide diversity and inclusion summit, and partnership in advocacy and legislative efforts.

“Music plays a profound role in shaping our culture, and Black music has been the cornerstone in the development of the world’s dynamic soundscape,” said Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Recording Academy.

Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Recording Academy.

As a result, the Recording Academy and Color of Change have moved towards transformative change in the music industry. The partnership will set new standards to elevate Black music creators and build a more diverse and equitable industry.

Progress and future announcements regarding the Recording Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts can be found here.

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