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On Racial Diversity Test, BMAC Says Industry Is Barely Passing: ‘Average Isn’t Good Enough’

When the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) was established last June, joining #TheShowMustBePaused to advance racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the music industry, the organization’s membership of Black artists, managers, attorneys and allies released an open letter. It stated in part, “BMAC intends to hold you accountable and will keep track of the music industry’s efforts to clean up its own house.”

BMAC has made good on that promise with its first annual Music Industry Action Report Card. Arriving on the heels of a new diversity study conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, BMAC’s 37-page report has been released in full following an overview presented during the National Museum of African American Music’s State of Black Music Summit (June 18) in Nashville.

Overall, the industry was given passing grades in such areas as establishing funds to donate to various Black community organizations; supporting Black employees and executives who are advocating for change on the inside; hiring Black diversity, equity and inclusion officers; and initiatives made by companies like Sony and BMG to cancel recoupments and fix inequities in royalty payments to legacy artists.

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