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How 88rising's Asia Rising Together Benefit Concert Is Supporting The AAPI Community

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How 88rising's Asia Rising Together Benefit Concert Is Supporting The AAPI Community

The pan-Asian music company 88rising has announced Asia Rising Together, a benefit livestream concert for AAPI Heritage Month 2021, airing Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. PT and featuring Atarashii Gakko!, Bizzy, Guapdad 4000 and more

GRAMMYs/May 27, 2021 - 03:53 am

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 may be winding down, but a powerful virtual livestream is ensuring it goes out with a bang. 88rising, a revered pan-Asian music company, has announced Asia Rising Together, a benefit concert hinged on "celebrating the Asian community to ultimately raise funds and awareness," according to a press release about the event.

Featuring performances from KOAD, Luna Li, mxmtoon, NIKI, Seori, Tiger JK, and other leading lights, Asia Rising Together will stream via 88rising's Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and SiriusXM channels tonight (May 26) starting at 7 p.m. PT.

"This is a really unique livestream centered around family and culture," performer Audrey Mika said in a statement.  "I filmed part of my set with my mom and sister, and being able to share our Japanese roots on this platform is really special to me. I hope this shows everyone you can chase your dreams, stay true to yourself, and be proud of who you are in the process."

Asia Rising Together will also feature AAPI-centric programming that spotlights AAPI businesses and organizations. "88rising is committed to using music and our platforms to elevate AAPI voices, to raise awareness for issues affecting our AAPI community, and to denounce anti-Asian hate," Sean Miyashiro, the CEO and Founder of 88rising, added in his own statement.

Donations from the event will support Asian Mental Health Collective, which works to "normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community," according to the organization's website.

Following the livestream tonight, Asia Rising Together will be available on-demand for two weeks on 88rising's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.

Tune into this unique concert via the social channels above to make sure you bring the AAPI love into the rest of the year!

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Japanese Breakfast, Blackpink, Enhypen, Stray Kids, Mxmtoon & More | Listen To GRAMMY.com's AAPI Month 2022 Playlist
(Clockwise L-R): ENHYPEN, Karen O, Arooj Aftab, Japanese Breakfast, mxmtoon, Jhené Aiko

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Japanese Breakfast, Blackpink, Enhypen, Stray Kids, Mxmtoon & More | Listen To GRAMMY.com's AAPI Month 2022 Playlist

As we celebrate the contributions of AAPI artists throughout the month of May, GRAMMY.com presents a genre-spanning playlist of emerging and established artists you should know, including BTS, Jhené Aiko, B.I, TWICE, Arooj Aftab, and many more.

GRAMMYs/May 19, 2022 - 11:02 pm

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) musicians have created a plethora of transformative art, which is ripe for exploration. To help you do it, GRAMMY.com has put together a 30-song list with music from AAPI musicians including Luna Li, Wallice, Weston Estate, Kainalu and OHYUNG, along with other AAPI artists you should know like Deb Never, Lucy Liyou and Sunset Rollercoaster. You may even find your new favorite artist along the way.

This playlist spans genres and moods, and its primary goal is to expose you to fantastic new AAPI artists you might not find in less curated places, like your motionless Spotify algorithm or crooning through your car radio. You can think of this playlist as a first-rate tasting menu of what AAPI-made music has to offer — something to turn to when you’re looking for solidarity, inspiration or just some really good music.  

Listen to GRAMMY.com’s official 2022 AAPI Month playlist below and follow the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.

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Telling Our Stories: Mxmtoon, Tyler Shaw & Taku Hirano Talk Experiences In Music Industry

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Telling Our Stories: Mxmtoon, Tyler Shaw & Taku Hirano Talk Experiences In Music Industry

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, GRAMMY.com gathered artists for a conversation surrounding their experiences in and out of the music industry.

GRAMMYs/May 31, 2021 - 09:30 pm

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, GRAMMY.com has gathered artists for a conversation surrounding their experiences in and out of the music industry. Singer/songwriter, producer, and gamer mxmtoon; singer/songwriter and producer Tyler Shaw; and percussionist Taku Hirano share their perspectives on Asian identity in and out of the U.S., what the music industry can do to be more inclusive of these communities, Asian and AAPI artists in pop culture, and more.

Among the topics of conversation was how Asian Americans and artists of Asian descent are portrayed in the media today. 

"Hollywood did a very good job at creating the stereotype for the nerd, the character who dies off first, but now we're seeing some kind of change with Simu Liu being one of the first Asian Marvel characters," Shaw said.

While that may be changing, there needs to be more representation of the diversity with the community. 

"There was just a recent poll where a large swath of the country couldn't name a prominent Asian American, and we have one in the White House as a vice president," Hirano pointed out. 

The panel also touched on the history of anti-Asian sentiment in the country. "Oftentimes with my own audience, I have to educate them around different historical things that have happened and why we have racism and still face these sorts of things in our day-to-day lives," mxmtoon shared.  

Watch the video above to listen to the whole conversation, including how k-pop and Olivia Rodrigo are making waves for the community. 

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Inaugural Spring & Sing! Virtual Event Announced: Celebrating Children’s Music Artists Of Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage
Spring & Sing!

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Inaugural Spring & Sing! Virtual Event Announced: Celebrating Children’s Music Artists Of Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage

The first-ever Spring & Sing! spotlights popular children's music artists of AAPI heritage and celebrates the importance of diversity within music

GRAMMYs/May 21, 2021 - 08:32 pm

The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center has teamed up with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the Recording Academy’s New York Chapter to launch the first-ever Spring & Sing! Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration. This hour-long virtual event will feature popular children's music artists of AAPI heritage and will celebrate the importance of diversity within music.

Featured on the lineup will be GRAMMY-nominated artist Tina Guo, GRAMMY-nominated producer Kimié Miner, family music artist Little Miss Ann, folk rock band Elena Moon Park, Hapa Samoan artist Taimane, children's band Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, and others.

Spring & Sing! will air Saturday, May 22, at www.grammymuseumexp.org/spring-and-sing. This event is open to the public; no RSVP, registration or payment is required. 

Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Opening Statement from Tina Guo, GRAMMY Award-nominated and BRIT Female Artist of the Year-nominated musician 
  • ​11:05 a.m. ET: Performances by Little Miss Ann, Elena Moon Park and Friends, Taimane, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, Yoon Sun Choi, Falu, and Kimié Miner

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