The Recording Academy And GLAAD Team Up For LGBTQ+ Initiatives

By Steve McLean 2/1/22 |

The Recording Academy has donated $150,000 (all dollar figures are U.S.) to 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 that community.

The two organizations have also launched a partnership to further promote inclusion in the music industry through various initiatives, including:

— editorial content spotlighting LGBTQ+ music artists on and, as well as on each organization's social media channels;

— support from the Recording Academy for the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 2 and in New York City on May 6;

— LGBTQ+-focused diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training sessions hosted by the GLAAD Media Institute for Recording Academy elected leaders and staff to learn more about LGBTQ+ people and issues;

— and participation from key GLAAD executives in the Recording Academy's DEI speaker series throughout the upcoming year.

"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 in a media release.

"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 chief executive officer Sarah Kate Ellis in the release.

"Our new partnership with the Recording Academy will shape the future of LGBTQ+ inclusion in music and uplift underrepresented voices within the industry who have been overlooked for far too long." 

The Recording Academy represents performers, songwriters, producers, engineers and other music professionals. It’s best known for celebrating artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards, which it has presented since 1958.

The Recording Academy also advocates on behalf of music creators and supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, a charity that has provided more than $60 million in health, financial and rehabilitation resources.

The Recording Academy also oversees the GRAMMY Museum, a philanthropic arts institution that honours music's past while investing in its future through education, exhibits, and public programming.

GLAAD works through media — including film, television, music, advertising and more — to advance LGBTQ+ representation and acceptance. Through the GLAAD Media Institute, it consults on storylines and projects, conducts research into representation and acceptance, and offers media training to studios, networks, music groups, brands and other entertainment companies.

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