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Recording Academy Strikes Partnership With GLAAD to Foster LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Music Community

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Jem Aswad Senior Music EditorThe Recording Academy has donated $150,000 and struck a partnership with GLAAD — the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) media advocacy organization — to support its work to diversify the music industry and champion musicians in the LGBTQ+ community, the organization announced Tuesday.

According to the announcement, the initiatives include:The announcement follows similar partnerships the Recording Academy forged with Color of Change to advance inclusion for under-represented communities and the  Black Music Collective advisory group; such initiatives as the Women In The Mix Study to measure inclusion for women in the industry and the project of the same name to promote female including in music production and engineering, among other efforts. “We’re thrilled to double-down on our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion in partnership with GLAAD to inspire a culture of belonging and respect within the music industry,” said Recording Academy Board of Trustees Chair Tammy Hurt. “This partnership embodies our joint commitment to accelerate progress for LGBTQ+ voices and ensure that the music community is representative of the many diverse artists who contribute to and call this industry home.”“The music industry is one of the most powerful avenues for bringing cultural conversations around diversity and inclusion to the forefront,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

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