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Warner names six initial recipients of grants from its $100m Social Justice Fund – Music Business Worldwide

Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have named an initial six grant recipients from the $100 million Social Justice Fund introduced final yr.


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The recipients embody the Black Cultural Archives, Black Futures Lab, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Howard University, REFORM Alliance and Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

The Fund’s Board will announce grant recipients twice a yr with its second tranche to comply with this fall.

The Fund was established in June 2020 within the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and numerous different Black folks and serves as an acknowledgement of the contributions Black tradition has made to the profitability of right now’s music trade.

Over 10 years, the Fund will spend money on organizations across the globe that construct extra equitable communities and create actual change within the lives of traditionally underserved and marginalized populations – with heightened consideration to Black communities.

The Fund has chosen OneUnited Bank – the most important Black-owned financial institution within the US – as its banking companion, and Moore Impact – a division of a Black girl-owned begin-up Moore Philanthropy, led by Yvonne L. Moore – as its fiscal sponsor.

Moore will play a key position within the distribution of the funds.  The Advisory Board contains 5 exterior members whose counsel and experience in social justice have been invaluable to defining the Fund’s mission and strategic path.

The WMG/BFF SJF is one expression of Warner Music Group’s ongoing variety, fairness, inclusion and belonging efforts, which embody the creation of a Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, worker useful resource teams, and a DEI crew led by Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett, who additionally sits on the Fund’s Advisory Board.

Each grantee will meet with Dr. Stinnett and different key WMG executives to discover extra partnership alternatives.


One of the grant recipients (the complete listing may be seen beneath), Howard University, will obtain a multimillion-greenback grant over the course of 5 years that can go towards the launch of a brand new music enterprise heart at Howard University School of Business.

Described as a “first-of-its-kind at any historically Black College or University (HBCU)”, the middle will create curriculum improvement, internship alternatives, govt-in-residence and certification applications, in addition to a brand new recording studio.

With the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the funds have helped over 40,000 returning residents (i.e., previously convicted individuals) develop into eligible to vote by paying their remaining authorized and monetary charges.

For the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, the grant will assist present monetary and medical help to legacy R&B artists who’ve been confronted with unprecedented financial challenges as a result of COVID-19 international pandemic.

“Our Fund intends to not only work to effect structural change through our contributions, but also support Black-owned and led businesses as a core way of operating.”

Camille Hackney, WMG

Camille Hackney, President of the WMG/BFF SJF and Chief Partnerships Officer at Atlantic Records/Head of Global Brand Partnerships Council at Warner Music Group, stated:  “We have been intentional in structuring the Fund as a separate legal entity to support organizations that are on the front lines of advancing equity and justice for all people.

“Our Fund intends to not only work to effect structural change through our contributions, but also support Black-owned and led businesses as a core way of operating.”

“This first tranche of grants – to organizations providing a range of needed services and advocacy to effectuate meaningful change – reflects these guiding principles, as well as the values of Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.”

Tanya Coke, WMG/BFF Advisory Board / Ford Foundation

Tanya Coke, WMG/BFF Advisory Board member and the Director of Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice on the Ford Foundation, added: “Over the past eight months, we’ve crafted a grantmaking strategy focused on three key pillars – education, criminal justice, and cultural and performing arts – that promote narrative change about the Black experience.

“This first tranche of grants – to organizations providing a range of needed services and advocacy to effectuate meaningful change – reflects these guiding principles, as well as the values of Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.”

“The Fund’s commitment to a sustained effort to achieve change and results will have a lasting, positive impact.”

Len Blavatnik

Len Blavatnik, Chairman of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, stated:  “Providing opportunities for underserved communities in education in the arts paves the way for equal opportunity and representation in the music industry and beyond.

“The Fund’s commitment to a sustained effort to achieve change and results will have a lasting, positive impact.”

Grant Recipients:

  • Howard University is a non-public, federally chartered traditionally HBCU, comprising 13 colleges and schools in Washington D.C. Students pursue research in additional than 140 areas resulting in undergraduate, graduate, {and professional} levels.
  • Rhythm & Blues Foundation is devoted to the historic and cultural preservation of R&B music. The concept for the muse grew out of royalties discussions in 1987 between artists’ rights legal professional Howell Begle, Atlantic Records artist Ruth Brown, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
  • REFORM Alliance goals to cut back the quantity of people who find themselves unjustly beneath the management of the prison justice system – beginning with probation and parole. It leverages assets to alter legal guidelines, insurance policies, hearts, and minds.
  • Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the house of Black British History, conceived in 1981 as a monument to carry area for the histories of folks from throughout the African diaspora in British tradition and historical past.
  • Black Futures Lab works to construct Black political energy and alter the way in which it operates – regionally, statewide, and nationally. The group engages Black voters yr-spherical, encouraging them to make use of their political energy to construct a democracy that works for all of us. It combines tradition change and coverage change to place extra energy into the fingers of extra folks
  • Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is a membership group dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination towards folks with convictions within the US. Made up and led by returning residents (i.e., previously convicted individuals), FRRC works to create a complete and humane reentry system that can improve profitable reentry, cut back recidivism and improve public security.

 Music Business Worldwide

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