“We are proud that the newly-established Black Music Collective is already making an impact in developing the next generation of Black talent in music and creating a direct pipeline to career opportunities,” said Harvey Mason Jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We’re incredibly grateful to our partners at Amazon Music for being equally committed to cultivating a more equitable and inclusive music community.”
“We’ve teamed up with the Black Music Collective to build this program, and ensure we’re taking the steps toward creating an inclusive environment where Black creators can realize their career objectives,” said Ryan Redington, vice president of music industry at Amazon Music.
The Black Music Collective will select three HBCU students who will each be awarded $10,000 scholarship for the 2021-22 school year. The application process will open this summer. The scholarship recipients will also participate in a two-week immersive rotation program with Amazon Music department leads. Additionally, Amazon Music will provide a $20,000 donation for musical equipment to two HBCU music programs.
More details on the scholarship and mentorship program, including eligibility requirements, will be announced in coming weeks.
The Academy first announced the formation of the Black Music Collective on Sept. 3. The academy named six honorary chairs – three artists (John Legend, Jimmy Jam and Quincy Jones) and three veteran executives (Debra Lee, Sylvia Rhone and Jeffrey Harleston). Jam and Lee previously served together on the Recording Academy’s diversity and inclusion task force.
The Academy announced the leadership council for the Black Music Collective on Oct. 22. The 22-member council include 11 executives, six artists and three producers. Among them: Yolanda Adams, Terri Lyne Carrington, Derek “MixedByAli” Ali and H.E.R.
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