The Recording Academy on Thursday announced the creation of its Black Music Collective, a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and the music community.
“The 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,” the Recording Academy said in a press release.
Jeffrey Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, John Legend, and Sylvia Rhone will serve as honorary chairs of the BMC.
A distinguished leadership committee will be confirmed in the coming weeks and will work in sync with the honorary chairs to propel the collective’s mission.
Recording Academy Trustee Riggs Morales and Washington, D.C. Chapter Executive Director Jeriel Johnson will lead the initiative internally.
Leaders will meet regularly and initiate programs that will encourage participation and accelerate Black membership in the Recording Academy.
“Together, we will elevate Black music creators within our organization and the industry at large,” said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy.
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