Sony Music Group announced on Wednesday (March 23rd) that it is partnering with GLAAD in an initiative spotlighting LGBTQ artists and songwriters and advancing LGBTQ representation in the music industry.
“Over the past few years, many LGBTQ artists have made major strides in the music industry, but more needs to be done to improve LGBTQ inclusion, representation, and awareness at all levels,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. . “Sony Music Group continues to be an incredible leader for diversity, equity and inclusion in music, and we are grateful to partner with them to both amplify diverse LGBTQ voices and establish greater pathways for grow LGBTQ inclusion within the industry as a whole.”
According to the statement, the partnership to advance Sony Music Group’s internal/external diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will include GLAAD Media Institute consultation and education for SMG, including experts in the Media Institute subject offering LGBTQ-focused education sessions at SMG. employed to “help build awareness and skills around LGBTQ people and issues.”
The Media Institute will also work with SMG throughout 2022 to consult on campaigns highlighting contemporary LGBTQ issues and/or people. “We believe in building an industry as diverse as the stories our artists and songwriters tell through their music every day,” said Tiffany R. Warren, executive vice president, chief diversity and inclusion at Sony Music Group in a statement. “This partnership will help equip us with the tools to strengthen our commitment to breaking down barriers, shaping culture, championing acceptance and amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ community inside and outside of our communities. walls.”
Sony Music Group has also signed on as official sponsor of the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will take place in LA on April 2 and New York on May 6. Sony Music Group artists/songwriters nominated for this year’s GLAAD Awards include: Brockhampton, Kaytranada, Lil Nas X and Arlo Parks.
GLAAD and Sony Music Group will also launch the first “ICONS” interview series, which will bring together LGBTQ musicians, songwriters and producers from all generations for a three-part series of discussions on the history of LGBTQ inclusion in the music. .