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Recording Academy & Color of Change to Host ‘Change Music,’ a Virtual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

The Recording Academy and Color of Change will host “Change Music,” a virtual diversity, equity and inclusion summit on Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT. Media and music industry professionals are invited to register.

The Academy describes it as “a timely conversation with key industry leaders about best practices and strategic ways to drive long-term, systemic change within the music community.”

In addition, the Academy will discuss progress made toward closing diversity, equity and inclusion gaps at the Academy and within the industry, and its response to #TheShowMustBePaused demands.

The event will feature several panels with topics such as shifting culture, amplifying voices, diversity and inclusion officers in music, leadership in action, building together, harnessing power and driving change.

Logistics for the virtual meeting will be sent to confirmed participants prior to the event.

Confirmed speakers, with more expected to sign on in the coming week, include:

Tuma Basa — director, Black music & culture, YouTube

Binta Brown — co-chair, Black Music Action Coalition

Ryan Butler — diversity & inclusion committee, Recording Academy

Valeisha Butterfield Jones— chief diversity & inclusion officer, Recording Academy

Tammy Hurt — vice chair, Recording Academy

Jeriel Johnson— lead, Black music collective, Recording Academy

Rico Love — trustee (Florida chapter), Recording Academy

Harvey Mason jr.— chair & interim president/CEO, Recording Academy

Rashad Robinson— president, Color of Change

Travis Robinson— head of diversity, inclusion & belonging, UMG

Rashid Shabazz— chief marketing and storytelling officer, Color of Change

Dr. Maurice Stinnett — head of global equity, diversity & inclusion, WMG

Tiffany R. Warren — senior vice president, chief diversity officer, Omnicom Group, and founder of ADCOLOR

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