◎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。
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.