Santa Monica, CA (October 6, 2020)—The Recording Academy and Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, hosted a virtual industry-wide ChangeMusic Summit on Oct. 1 with leaders in music and media.
The summit was the latest in a series of initiatives facilitated by the Recording Academy to help accelerate equity and diverse representation within the organization and to further support inclusion outcomes across the music industry. The event brought together leaders, executives and subject-matter experts for panels on shifting culture, amplifying diverse voices, leadership in action and driving systemic change throughout the music community.
“This is a crucial moment in our world, our nation and our society and it is now more important than ever that we bring people together to make progress on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr.
Additionally, the Recording Academy and Color of Change announced the forthcoming #ChangeMusic Roadmap, a tool to help people at all levels of the music industry take action to enact racial and social justice within the industry. The full roadmap will be released before the end of the year. However, the first aspect of the roadmap discussed was a needed commitment to transparent reporting on Black representation.
“Black artists’ rich contributions have undeniably shaped the music industry into what it is today. The industry must tear down the systems that silence, harm and pigeon-hole Black artists for profitable gains,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. “Everyone has the responsibility to work towards progress. The #ChangeMusic Roadmap will begin the process of giving the industry the tools to challenge injustice and enact tangible change now. The Recording Academy is setting a strong example for the industry from the inside, holding those in power accountable to change. Together, we can propel music into the equitable future Black artists have earned, and always deserved.”
Alongside the two organizational leaders, prominent culture trailblazers and music business leaders openly discussed best practices and strategies to encourage systemic change and elevate women, Black and Latinx, as well as all underrepresented music creators and professionals.
Recording Academy • www.grammy.com
Color of Change • www.colorofchange.org