美國錄音學院任命16名成員組成多元化與融合專案小組

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  • 美國錄音學院任命16名成員組成多元化與融合專案小組

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    ◎曾任歐巴馬政府官員的Tina Tchen現在成為美國錄音學院新成立的多元化與融合專案小組主席,她宣布16名成員的名單,他們將與她一起考察影響女性的障礙與偏見以及其他音樂產業界未被充分代表的聲音。這一消息是在廣大的公眾批評之後宣布的,這些批評是針對今年葛萊美獎中女性藝人的代表性不足以及錄音學院負責人Neil Portnow的評論,他建議女性藝人和產業高級主管需要「改善表現」好在音樂產業中取得領先。

    ◎Tina Tchen從2011年到2017年擔任歐巴馬總統的助理、第一夫人蜜雪兒歐巴馬的幕僚長和白宮婦女和女童委員會執行總監。根據美國錄音學院發布的聲明,自她被任命以來,就一直忙於「與整個音樂社群的人員會面並聽取意見,利用這些意見回饋來組建一個在觀點和利益上保持平衡的專案小組,以確保該小組獨立運作並專注於在行業中取得進展。」

    ◎該專案小組將立即展開工作,審查美國錄音學院在公司治理、招聘和晉升、會員資格、獎項以及葛萊美獎轉播等領域的營運和政策。作為其首批業務之一,該專案小組已經建立了一個意見回饋工具,以收集公眾對該小組審查和考慮的意見和建議。

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    Former Obama administration official Tina Tchen, now Chair of the Recording Academy's new task force on diversity and inclusion, has announced the names of 16 members who will join her in examining the barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry.

    The announcement follows wide-spread public criticism which arose in response to the low representation of female artists during this year's Grammy Awards, and a comment made by Academy chief Neil Portnow in which he suggested that female artists and executives needed to "step up" in order to get ahead in the music business.

    From 2011 until 2017, Techen served as Assistant to President Barack Obama; Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls

    According to a statement released by the Recording Academy, since her appointment Tchen has been busy "meeting with and listening to constituents across the music community, using that feedback to assemble a task force that is balanced in perspectives and interests to ensure that the group is independent and focused on making progress in the industry."

    The task force is set to meet shortly to begin its work with a review of Recording Academy operations and policies across the areas of corporate governance, hiring and promotion, membership, awards, and the GRAMMY Awards telecast.

    The newly announced members, who come to the organization from a wide variety of roles across the industry include:

    Stephanie Alexa, vice president of finance and licensing administration, ATO Records

    Michele Anthony, executive vice president and executive management board member, Universal Music Group

    Cam, Grammy-nominated artist

    Common, Grammy-winning artist

    Sheryl Crow, Grammy-winning artist

    Andra Day, Grammy-nominated artist

    Giselle Fernandez, award-winning television journalist

    Jimmy Jam, Grammy-winning artist

    Beth Laird, CEO and co-owner, Creative Nation

    Debra Lee, chairman and CEO, BET Networks

    Rebeca Leon, co-founder and CEO, Lionfish Entertainment

    Elizabeth Matthews, CEO, ASCAP

    Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

    Ty Stiklorius, founder and CEO, Friends At Work

    Julie Swidler, executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel, Sony Music

    Dean Wilson, CEO, SEVEN20

    As one of its first orders of business, the task force has established a feedback tool to collect public input and suggestions for the group's review and consideration. Anyone interested in providing suggestions for the task force can do so by visiting www.grammy.com/taskforcefeedback.

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