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Times Up for the Grammys to make changes for Women’s Equality

Times Up for the Grammy’s

Times up for the Grammy’s to make some changes and the President of the Recording Academy just released this statement after this Sunday’s award show.

To The Music Community—

After hearing from many friends and colleagues, I understand the hurt that my poor choice of words following last Sunday’s GRAMMY telecast has caused. I also now realize that it’s about more than just my words. Because those words, while not reflective of my beliefs, echo the real experience of too many women. I’d like to help make that right.

The Recording Academy is establishing an independent task force to review every aspect of what we do as an organization and identify where we can do more to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community. We will also place ourselves under a microscope and tackle whatever truths are revealed.

I appreciate that the issue of gender bias needs to be addressed in our industry, and share in the urgency to attack it head on. We as an organization, and I as its leader, pledge our commitment to doing that. We will share more information about the steps we are taking in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,
Neil Portnow
President/CEO of the Recording Academy

Is This Enough 

In the wake of Hollywood and Politics crumbling under #MeToo the new TIMES UP movement was created, but is it enough what the Grammy’s are doing is the question. Backlash reached social media before the Grammy’s finished airing on CBS about the Boys Club and lack of Female Nominations across the board in all categories. (except the female categories) President Neil is launching an independent task force to look into the Recording Academy and their business procedures. This raises more questions for me though.

What will they find?

Who will they report it too?

What will the Grammy’s change?

I am curious to see where this leads and how the Recording Academy handles their findings, because this is not going away after an independent audit of them and these women will not be silenced NOR should they be. Equal opportunity to be heard, seen, felt, and shared is something we should all support; and with the advances in technology their are so many talented groups and individuals that deserve to be recognized.

The Good Ole Boys Club needs to die.

 

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K.C. Murdock

@downtheroadshow

 

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