On Thursday morning, The Recording Academy launched the Black Music Collective. The group consists of Black music professionals who are dedicated to amplifying talented Black voices within the industry.
“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,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said.
As part of our commitment to evolve hand-in-hand with membership, Black Music 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.https://t.co/vfPgLNRQol
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) September 3, 2020
Jimmy Jam, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, Sylvia Rhone and Jeffrey Harleston will serves as honorary chairs of the collective.
“As Black music continues to drive culture, it is essential we grow and maintain representation within the Academy and the music industry,” Recording Academy Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Valeisha Butterfield Jones said.
The Black Music Collective will come together just months before the 2021 GRAMMY Awards. For more information about the Recording Academy’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit their official website.