The Recording Academy has taken the next step in building the Black Music Collective, a group composed of Black leaders in the music business.
Today, members of the leadership committee were announced. They’ll helm the group that’s intended 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," according to the academy.
The Black Music Collective's leadership committee is:
Yolanda Adams, artist
Brianna Agyemang, executive
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, engineer
Tunde Balogun, executive
Tuma Basa, executive
Aloe Blacc, artist
Catherine Brewton, executive
Terri Lyne Carrington, musician
Phylicia Fant, executive
Om'Mas Keith, producer
Rico Love, songwriter
Heather Lowery, executive
Riggs Morales, executive and BMC chair
Steve Pamon, executive
Tayla Parx, songwriter
Ryan Press, executive
Rashid Shabazz, executive
Jamila Thomas, executive
Dion "No-I.D." Wilson, producer
"Our time is now and I'm so excited to add my voice in whatever way I can to honor those who came before me, those who worked building the foundation in this important work in music," said H.E.R. in a news release.
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