The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) announced that rapper and activist Cordae and Shawn Gee, President of Live Nation Urban, have joined the organization’s Executive Leadership Council. Cordae and Shawn Gee, who received the Social Impact Award at BMAC’s inaugural annual gala, join a growing list of industry leaders who have joined BMAC in its fight against systemic racism within the music business and the culture at large.
“I am very happy to join the Executive Leadership Council of BMAC because they’re fighting for what’s right for artists and songwriters,” says Cordae.
“Right now, the system of the music business is flawed and disproportionately slanted against black artists, especially when signing record deals. BMAC is taking the necessary steps to change these inadequacies. I believe the work BMAC is doing now will pay great dividends for artists of today and the future.”
“It’s an honor to be invited to join the BMAC ELC and be able to work alongside so many great men and women whom I admire and respect. The idea of systemic racism in the music industry did not begin 3 or 4 years ago, it’s been a part of the fabric of the industry for generations. Likewise the problems will not be eliminated in a few years either, but it’s the work of organizations like BMAC that’s laying the foundation for generational progress and change. I’m excited to join the team!” says Shawn Gee, president of Live Nation Urban.
“Black Music Action Coalition is excited to welcome Cordae and Shawn Gee to our executive leadership council,” says Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, co-founder/Chair of BMAC.
“As we move into our third year of advocacy, it’s important to continue to grow the organization by including more of our industry leaders to help us shape and execute our agenda for accountability, diversity and inclusion. Cordae is a great representation of this generation’s potential and desire to use their platform to impact society in a meaningful way. The artist community has always been the heartbeat of any movement for change. And Shawn Gee’s vision and ability to execute that vision has proven to be invaluable as we create equity and balance in the industry. We have several initiatives we look forward to announcing soon.”
“The voice of the artists will always be the strongest tool we can use to foster change, not just within our industry, but society as a whole,” says Shawn Holiday, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of BMAC’s ELC. “Cordae will be great addition to the strong group of industry leaders that makes up the Black Music Action Coalition.”
Cordae will participate in Save The Music x Black Music Action Coalition Summit at 1500 or Nothin Academy on September 19th, kicking off BMAC Week in L.A. in advance of the 2023 BMAC Gala on September 21st. This one-day summit, called “Remixing the Industry: Creating Pathways For Students of Color,” focuses on improving awareness of and access to music-related careers for underrepresented students.
Modeled after the successful BMAC Music Business Accelerator Program at Tennessee State University (TSU), an HCBU (historically-black college or university) in Nashville , the Save The Music x BMAC summit will be a unique opportunity to inform and educate the next generation of music industry professionals. As part of the program, Cordae, along with his team, will host a fireside chat with the students, offering a realistic look at what it takes to have a career in entertainment today.
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Source: Audible Treats.