•   
  •   
  •   

Entertainment Warner Music’s Social Justice Fund Announces First Grant Recipients

05:30  19 february  2021
05:30  19 february  2021 Source:   billboard.com

Executive Turntable: Former RCA Co-Prez’s New Venture, Universal Music Names Russia Chief

  Executive Turntable: Former RCA Co-Prez’s New Venture, Universal Music Names Russia Chief A rundown of recent music industry hires and promotions at Universal Music Russia, Warner Chappell, Arista Records and more.“I have been blessed that over the past 22 years I have been surrounded by some of the most talented artists and a passionate label family,” Riccitelli told RAMP in a statement announcing the new venture. “I led promotional efforts on over 100 No. 1 songs, including 45 No. 1 songs at Top 40 alone, ranging from the incredibly successful from the gritty independent label that was Jive to the powerhouse company RCA has become over the past 11 years.

Last June, Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced the formation of a joint 0 million Social Justice Fund to support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice and education, along with campaigns against violence and racism. Now, the Fund has announced its first six grant recipients : Black Cultural Archives, Black Futures Lab, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Howard University, REFORM Alliance and Rhythm & Blues Foundation . “We have been intentional in structuring the Fund as a separate legal entity to support organizations

The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund invests in organizations around the globe that build more just and equitable communities and create real change in the lives of historically underserved and marginalized people. We focus our investments on organizations that are led by and work to benefit affected populations, principally How Warner Music Group Is Expanding Social Justice Worldwide The Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF) recently unveiled a new grant -making strategy along with its six initial grantees .

Last June, Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation announced the formation of a joint $100 million Social Justice Fund to support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice and education, along with campaigns against violence and racism. Now, the Fund has announced its first six grant recipients: Black Cultural Archives, Black Futures Lab, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Howard University, REFORM Alliance and Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

“We have been intentional in structuring the Fund as a separate legal entity to support organizations that are on the front lines of advancing equity and justice for all people,” said Camille Hackney, president of the Fund and chief partnerships officer at Atlantic Records/head of global grand partnerships council at Warner Music Group. “Our Fund intends to not only work to effect structural change through our contributions, but also support Black-owned and led businesses as a core way of operating.”

Shaquille O'Neal on his game-changing foundation: 'I am glad we were able to step in and help'

  Shaquille O'Neal on his game-changing foundation: 'I am glad we were able to step in and help' Shaquille O'Neal's foundation is changing the lives of high school athletes with needed grants for schools struggling financially during the pandemic.To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the Shaquille O'Neal Foundation created Get Game Ready, an initiative to help athletic programs restart efficiently when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grant recipients, announced Wednesday, received financial aid to properly supply their school with personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene and sanitation supplies and other equipment required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

As part of its mission to invest 0 million in organizations focused on achieving social justice , the Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund has announced its initial six grant recipients : Black Cultural Archives, Black Futures Lab, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Howard University, REFORM Alliance and This first tranche of grants – to organizations providing a range of needed services and advocacy to effectuate meaningful change – reflects these guiding principles, as well as the values of Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation .”

Warner Music Group (WMG) and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have announced the external board of directors for their joint Social Justice Fund , including executives from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. The five external members are director of the social justice grant -giving Ford Foundation ' s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice team Tanya Coke; Live Nation Urban president/Maverick partner Shawn Gee; San Francisco Department of Police Accountability executive director and former chief prosecutor Paul Henderson; 1063 West Broad social impact

The Fund also announced that is has chosen OneUnited Bank — the largest Black-owned bank in the U.S. — as its banking partner, and Moore Impact — a division of the Black woman-owned start-up Moore Philanthropy, led by Yvonne L. Moore — as its fiscal sponsor. As part of the deal, Moore will play a “key role” in distributing the funds.

“Over the past eight months, we’ve crafted a grantmaking strategy focused on three key pillars – education, criminal justice, and cultural and performing arts – that promote narrative change about the Black experience,” said Tanya Coke, an Advisory Board member of the Fund and director of gender, racial and ethnic justice at the Ford Foundation. “This first tranche of grants — to organizations providing a range of needed services and advocacy to effectuate meaningful change — reflects these guiding principles, as well as the values of Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.”

New Justice League cheer confused: Did Zack Snyder mistake the Joker !?

 New Justice League cheer confused: Did Zack Snyder mistake the Joker !? Before the new Justice League, Zack Snyder shared a first picture of Jared Leto as the Joker returnees. However, the mysterious figure confuses and is much more reminiscent of Joaquin Phoenix. © Warner Bros. New Justice League cheer confused: Did Zack Snyder mistake the Joker !? The legendary Snyder-Cut from Justice League is coming and will give DC fans a completely new experience of the blockbuster.

The Tsai Foundation ’ s Social Justice Fund has committed million over 10 years to drive economic empowerment and address the systemic imbalances that produce racial gaps in education, health and wealth, with a priority focus on Brooklyn. All five of the recipients are Brooklyn-based Natasha S . Alford (@NatashaSAlford) is a journalist and storyteller committed to amplifying untold stories impacting Black America and is the Senior Correspondent and VP of Digital Content for TheGrio. Natasha will use her grant to start a scholarship fund for student journalists of color in her hometowns

Run The Jewels play 'Lie Cheat Steal' at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas at the O2 Academy Brixton, London (February 18.) Performers include Royal Blood, The Vaccines, Charli XCX and Suede.

Howard University — one of the country’s most esteemed Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) — is slated to receive a multimillion-dollar grant from the Fund over a five-year period, with the money going toward the launch of a new music business center at Howard University School of Business. The center, the first of its kind at any HBCU, will house a new recording studio and create curriculum development, internship opportunities and executive-in-residence and certification programs.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition — a membership organization dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with criminal convictions in the U.S. — has already used the grant funds to help over 40,000 formerly convicted individuals become eligible to vote by paying their remaining legal and financial fees.

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation will use the grant money to provide financial and medical assistance to legacy R&B artists who have suffered economic hardship due to COVID-19. The foundation is committed to the historical and cultural preservation of R&B music and offers financial support, medical assistance and educational outreach to R&B artists who recorded music between the 1940s and the 1990s.

Golden Globes 2021: Hugh Grant, Gillian Anderson, Lily Collins and More Celebrate Their Noms

  Golden Globes 2021: Hugh Grant, Gillian Anderson, Lily Collins and More Celebrate Their Noms "WELL DONE EVERYONE THIS IS MADNESS!!" gushed The Crown's Emma CorrinIn a statement, Hugh Grant, up for best performance by an actor in a miniseries or television film for The Undoing, celebrated his nod, as well as his costars' — Nicole Kidman earned a nomination for best actress and Donald Sutherland, for best supporting actor.

The Warner Music Group and Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund has announced the external members of its Board of Directors. The 0 million Fund , revealed last month, supports charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice , and education, as well as campaigns against The Fund will contribute on a sustained, long-term basis to organizations on the front lines of the fight for equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. The five Directors have wide-ranging expertise and will help ensure the Fund ’ s governance will include independent oversight and accountability.

Warner Music has announced a new 360 partnership with East Africa’s number one artist Diamond Platnumz and his leading independent record label WCB-Wasafi. The new deal will see WCB-Wasafi incorporated into Warner Music South Africa and Ziiki Media, while Warner Music ’ s global network will help propel Diamond Platnumz and the label’s artists to a worldwide audience.

REFORM Alliance aims to dramatically reduce the number of people who are “unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system,” starting with probation and parole. The organization was co-founded by Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin; artists and criminal justice reform advocates Meek Mill and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith; Arnold Ventures co-founder Laura Arnold; and CNN host, author and activist Van Jones. It recently helped win passage of California’s AB 1950 law, which limits adult probation sentence maximums to one year for misdemeanors and two years for felonies.

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) was founded in 1981 to “collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK and to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities and society.” It runs gallery exhibitions, educational programs and public engagement events out of its London headquarters and offers free access to its archives, museum objects and reference library.

A rural-urban divide: Data gives most detailed look yet at where CERB went

  A rural-urban divide: Data gives most detailed look yet at where CERB went OTTAWA — Kelly Ernst recalls standing on sidewalks, waving to needy families in Calgary's northeast as they opened their doors to pick up food hampers. Ernst, vice-president for vulnerable populations at Calgary's Centre for Newcomers, said the memory speaks to how COVID-19 hurt the community, socially and economically. Ernst said the Skyview Ranch neighbourhood is one of the most diverse in the country, with a high proportion of visible minorities and newcomers. Residents are often employed in precarious retail jobs or in warehouses, Ernst said.

Finally, Black Futures Lab “works to build Black political power and change the way it operates – locally, statewide, and nationally” by engaging Black voters and encouraging them to wield their political muscle year-round.

“Providing opportunities for underserved communities in education in the arts paves the way for equal opportunity and representation in the music industry and beyond,” said Len Blavatnik, chairman of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. “The Fund’s commitment to a sustained effort to achieve change and results will have a lasting, positive impact.”

The grant recipients announced today are only the first round; over the next decade, the Fund plans to invest in organizations  that “build more equitable communities and create real change in the lives of historically underserved and marginalized populations – with heightened attention to Black communities.” Recipients will be announced twice a year by the Fund’s Advisory Board, with the next tranche to be revealed this fall. Each grantee will meet with Dr. Maurice Stinnett — WMG’s head of global equity, diversity and inclusion and an Advisory Board member of the Fund — and other key WMG executives to explore further partnership opportunities.

In addition to Stinnett and Coke, the Fund’s advisory board includes Live Nation Urban president/Maverick partner Shawn Gee; San Francisco Department of Police Accountability executive director and former chief prosecutor Paul Henderson; 1063 West Broad social impact agency founder and chief impact officer Alencia Johnson; and The Vistria Group LLC private equity firm senior advisor Mona Sutphen, who served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy under former president Barack Obama.

Aside from the Social Justice Fund, WMG’s diversity, equity and inclusion endeavors include the creation of a Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, employee resource groups and more.

You can find more information about the fund here.

Executive of the Week: Warner Music Group Senior VP New Business & Ventures Alex Kamins .
With the success of Why Don’t We’s launch shows on gaming platform Roblox, Warner Music Group senior vp new business and ventures Alex Kamins earns the title of Billboard’s Executive of the Week. “It was the culmination of months of hard work across Warner Music Group in partnership with Roblox and the band and their management — a truly collaborative effort,” Kamins tells Billboard. Here, he discusses the Why Don’t We event, the streaming and merchandising boosts that the band earned from the collaboration and why Roblox is one of the more promising platforms for music artists moving forward.

usr: 1
This is interesting!