Sony and GLAAD announce partnership to foster LGBTQ+ music talent
The Sony Music group have announced a massive partnership with worldwide queer media advocacy organisation GLAAD that will promote, spotlight and nurture LGBTQ+ talent in the music industry and beyond.
This will include making sure their campaigns highlight contemporary queer artists and the launch of the Icons series of documentaries that will bring together a list of LGBTQ musical legend to discuss the history of LGBTQ inclusion in music, as well as where we are today and what progress can be made in the future.
Sony are one of the sponsors of the ever growing GLAAD Media Awards which take place in L.A. on April 2 and have number of artists and songwriters up for the Outstanding Music Artist award including: Brockhampton, Kaytranada, Lil Nas X and Arlo Parks.
Tiffany R. Warren, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group said in a statement: “We believe in building an industry that is as diverse as the stories our artists and songwriters tell through their music every day. This partnership will help provide us with the tools to strengthen our commitment to breaking barriers, shaping culture, championing acceptance, and amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ community inside and outside of our walls.”
GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said of the partnership: “Over the past several years, many LGBTQ artists have made major strides within the music industry, but there is still significant room to improve LGBTQ inclusion, representation, and awareness at all levels. Sony Music Group continues to be an incredible leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion in music, and we’re grateful to partner with them to both amplify diverse LGBTQ voices and establish greater pathways to grow LGBTQ inclusion within the industry at large.”