◎美國唱片學院(Recording Academy)宣布推出其“ Black Music Collective”，將其描述為一群傑出的黑人音樂創作者和專業人士，他們的共同目標是在學院和音樂界中，擴大黑人的聲音。
◎此舉是該學院今年早些時候宣布的一項更廣泛的多元化計劃的一部分，該計劃包括聘請(Valeisha Butterfield Jones)，及與種族司法組織(Color of Change)的合作夥伴關係，及向其捐款100萬美元。
◎聲明指出，“ Black Music Collective”將為成員提供機會，就所有類型的黑人音樂公開討論，將定期開會並啟動計劃，加速黑人加入唱片學院。BET前執行長(Debra Lee)，(Epic Records)執行長(Sylvia Rhone)，(Universal Music)執行副總裁(Jeffrey Harleston)及資深音樂人製作人(Jimmy Jam)，(Quincy Jones)和(John Legend)，將擔任唱片學院BMC的名譽主席。領導委員會將在接下來的幾週內得到確認。
◎(Valeisha Butterfield Jones)表示，隨著黑人音樂繼續推動文化發展，至關重要的是，必須在學院和音樂行業內發展和保持代表性，將在未來幾週內宣布富有影響力的教育和體驗計劃，來幫助培養明天的領導者。
The Recording Academy has announced the launch of its Black Music Collective, which it describes as a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and the music community.
The move is part of a wider diversity initiative by the Academy announced earlier this year, which includes the hiring of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Valeisha Butterfield Jones and a partnership with and $1 million donation to the racial-justice organization Color of Change. While it has been in the works for months, the announcement comes the day after #TheShowMustBePaused announced a list of demands for the greater music industry.
“The collective will serve as a space for members to speak openly about new and emerging opportunities in Black music across all genres and identify ways to drive more representation,” the announcement reads. “Leaders will meet regularly and initiate programs that will encourage participation and accelerate Black membership in the Recording Academy.”
Former BET CEO Debra Lee, Epic Records chair/CEO Sylvia Rhone, Universal Music EVP Jeffrey Harleston and veteran musician-producers Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones and John Legend will serve as honorary chairs of the Recording Academy BMC. A distinguished leadership committee will be confirmed in the coming weeks and will work in sync with the honorary chairs to propel the collective’s mission. Recording Academy Trustee Riggs Morales and Washington, D.C. Chapter Executive Director Jeriel Johnson will lead the initiative internally.
“The Black Music Collective is necessary to help drive the Recording Academy into a new era. Creating an open space for Black music creators can only benefit our membership as a whole,” said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Through the past few months, I’ve been personally invested in propelling this collective along with Chapter leadership within the Academy. Together, we will elevate Black music creators within our organization and the industry at large.”
“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, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Recording Academy. “We’re thrilled to help develop the leaders of tomorrow with impactful educational and experiential programs that we will announce in coming weeks.”