Recording Academy expands Black Music Collective Council

The Recording Academy‘s Black music collective (BMC) has added new members to its Honorary Chairs and Board of Directors. Together, the group is committed to “the inclusion, recognition and advancement of black music and its creators and professionals within the recording academy and the music industry at large,” according to BMC.

Yolanda Adams, Valesha Butterfield Jones, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Yvette Noel-Schüre will join returning honorary chairmen Jeff Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones and John Legend. Are new to the Board of Directors Prince Charles Alexander, Jimmie Allen, Denzel Baptiste and David Biral (take a day trip), Jennifer Goicoechea, Mickey Guyton, Claudine Joseph, Ledisi, Herb Trawick, Ebony Ward and Yola.

“Since its inception in 2020, the Black Music Collective has remained steadfast in its mission to advance black music. We are thrilled to have the founding members of BMC returning and honored to have a valued community of new industry leaders joining us to accelerate progress,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy CEO. “Black music is an integral part of all music, and we are committed to the long-term work it takes to drive real and measurable change.”

New and returning leaders will work with the Academy’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, and BMC will lead Ryan Butler and Ricky Lyon. Rico Love, vice chairman of the Recording Academy board of trustees, serves as the new BMC chairman.

+ Warner Music Grouphas named the global catalog division of Tracie Parry as the new Senior Vice President, Head of Business and Legal Affairs. In her new role, she will report to Kevin Gore, President of the Global Catalog, Recorded Music division.

Parry will continue to be based in Nashville, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President/Head of US Legal Shared Services for WMG’s Center of Excellence. In addition to her expanded responsibilities, Parry will also bring several members of her current legal team to the global catalog division, including VP of Legal Affairs Jeff Allen.

Parry will lead the legal and business affairs department and oversee all US catalog artist and production deals, catalog acquisitions, joint ventures and all licensing and trademark and catalog deals in the emerging Web3 space.

+ Abby Harariwho used to work in public relations at Def Jam has taken on a new role as publicist for Netwerk music group. In her new role, Harari will work closely with the list’s indie/alternative talents in addition to the pop artists and singer-songwriters. Nettwerk’s list includes Passenger, Neil Francis, MallRat, SeaFret and more.

Claire Julian, Director of Publicity at Nettwerk, said: “Abby is a dynamic and dedicated publicist and a true music fan, and we are delighted to welcome her to our growing team here at Nettwerk.”

+ Troy Carter and Suzy Ryo‘s Music collective Venicea distribution and artist support platform, has officially launched its new consumer-facing subscription services.

Venice will transition from NFT-driven members-only access to a subscription-based platform with three distinct tiers available: Essential plans (starting at $60 per year), Professional plans ($500 per year), and Premium plans ( by invitation only).

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