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Statement From The Recording Academy, Sony Music Group, Warner Music Group And Universal Music Group Equity & Inclusion Executives
As we near the end of 2020, a group of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leaders from The Recording Academy, Sony Music Group, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group has released a statement. Read the statement in full below.
During one of the most difficult years imaginable in the world and in music, from racial injustice and social unrest to a public global health crisis, we are reminded of the unifying and healing power of music. As a group of recently appointed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders, we are proud to share that we have joined forces during a historic two-part meeting to build community, discuss the current landscape of DEI in music and align on a shared agenda. Together, we are committed to the work ahead and the partnership required to drive necessary and long-overdue change in music for all underrepresented communities.
We stand in solidarity with #TheShowMustbePaused and the progress Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang have accomplished this year. We share the common goal of working to ensure that the companies we represent are doing the deep work to examine systemic racism and inequity, and are taking the necessary actions to accelerate progress on representation, equity and meaningful community engagement with and for Black people and communities.
A. Ryan Butler (Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Recording Academy)
Valeisha Butterfield Jones (Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy)
Liliahn Majeed (SVP, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer at Universal Music Group)
Naledi Nyahuma Seck (Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Universal Music Group)
Dr. Maurice Stinnett (Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Warner Music Group)
Tiffany R. Warren (EVP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group)