On Tuesday Jan. 25, the Recording Academy and GLAAD introduced a brand new partnership that might mark historical past.
In accordance with a press launch, the Academy is donating $150,000 to the LGBTQ+ advocacy group to champion higher inclusion for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood inside the music trade.
“We’re thrilled to double-down on our dedication to LGBTQ+ inclusion in partnership with GLAAD to encourage a tradition of belonging and respect inside the music trade,” mentioned Recording Academy Board of Trustees Chair Tammy Damage. “This partnership embodies our joint dedication to speed up progress for LGBTQ+ voices and be certain that the music neighborhood is consultant of the various numerous artists who contribute to and name this trade residence.”
Following the donation, GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) media advocacy group, will prolong its assist in fostering LGBTQ variety via a collection of initiatives. In accordance with the announcement, this historic partnership will push the next efforts:
- Editorial content material spotlighting LGBTQ+ music artists on Grammy.com and GLAAD.org, in addition to every group’s social media channels;
- Assist from the Recording Academy for the thirty third Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Sat, April 2, and New York Metropolis on Fri, Could 6;
- LGBTQ+-focused DEI coaching periods hosted by the GLAAD Media Institute for Recording Academy elected leaders and employees to study extra about LGBTQ+ individuals and points;
- Participation from key GLAAD executives within the Recording Academy’s DEI audio system collection all through the upcoming 12 months.
“The music trade is likely one of the strongest avenues for bringing cultural conversations round variety and inclusion to the forefront,” mentioned GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Our new partnership with the Recording Academy will form the way forward for LGBTQ+ inclusion in music and uplift underrepresented voices inside the trade who’ve been neglected for much too lengthy.”
Final 12 months, GLAAD expressed its gratification by the Grammy nominations checklist, introduced by the Recording Academy. Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, and Girl Gaga had been essentially the most nominated LGBTQ artists for the sixty fourth Annual Grammy Awards, with every artist receiving 5 nominations.
The Recording Academy isn’t stopping anytime quickly. This announcement follows a wide range of related collaborations, together with the Shade of Change, to advance inclusion for under-represented communities and the Black Music Collective advisory group.