Task force chair Tina Tchen recently announced that 16 members of the new committee dubbed The Recording Academy Diversity And Inclusion Task Force will study the challenges facing underrepresented musicians such as women and people of color in the music industry. They will meet to go over the Recording Academy operations and policies (including the Grammy Awards) and make suggestions as to how things can be improved.
“I’m honored to lead such an esteemed group of visionaries who possess the experience and passion needed to drive real change in building a more inclusive and equitable music community,” Tchen said in a statement. “This is an important first step made possible by the Recording Academy’s leadership, which recognizes the benefit of examining these issues with fresh eyes.”
Country artist Cam will be part of the task force to provide her thoughts on the music industry as a woman and past Grammy nominee. She joins other very recognizable musicians like singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, hip hop artist Common and soul singer Andra Day. They will work alongside CEOs of major companies like BET Networks and Lionfish Entertainment, all of whom are volunteering their time.
The Recording Academy Diversity And Inclusion Task Force are also taking thoughts and ideas from the public via an online form found here. They hope that their thoughtful efforts will effect change in the music industry and lead to more musicians getting the recognition and respect they deserve.