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(Conference) Diversity & Inclusion in the Music Industry

A diversity & inclusion event featuring action-based conversations on how we can best support underrepresented communities in our industry

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

3:00 — 3:10 PM ET
Music Biz Welcome & Event Intro

 

3:10 — 3:20 PM ET
Sponsor Presentation

 

3:20 – 4:05 PM ET
Keynote Interview
Jeff Harleston; General Counsel & EVP, Business and Legal Affairs; Universal Music Group
Conducted by Music Biz President Portia Sabin

 

4:05 — 4:15 PM ET
Break

 

4:15 — 5:00 PM ET
Equitable HR Practices
How can HR departments in our industry create a diverse candidate pipeline? And what is being done in the HR space that can provide actionable insights and best practices for companies that don’t have in-house HR? This panel brings together leaders in the HR space to discuss ways change can be made from the very beginning, as well as looking at diversity and inclusion throughout the company over time.

Panelists

  • Elicia Felix-Hughey, SVP Global Human Resources, Sony/ATV
  • Valeisha Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Recording Academy
  • Jeffrey Soto, VP of Talent Acquisition, Sony Music Group

 

5:00 — 5:05 PM ET
Break

 

5:05 — 6:00 PM ET
Roundtables

1) Change the Conversation Roundtable

Details TBA

 

2) The Evolving Queer Voice in Music — hosted by GLAAD
GLAAD’s Anthony Ramos speaks with some of today’s emerging LGBTQ artists about feeling empowered to create music based on their own authentic experiences.

Moderator

  • Anthony Ramos, Head of Talent, GLAAD

 

3) Women In Music Roundtable

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

3:00 — 3:10 PM ET
Music Biz Welcome & Day 2 Intro

 

3:10 — 3:20 PM ET
Sponsor Presentation

 

3:20 – 4:05 PM ET
Keynote Interview
Dina LaPolt; Entertainment Attorney and Owner, LaPolt Law, P.C.
Conducted by Music Biz President Portia Sabin

 

4:05 — 4:15 PM ET
Break

 

4:15 — 5:05 PM ET
The Importance of Health Care and Mental Health Care In Setting the Stage for Equity
Historically, musicians and professionals in the live touring industry have had limited access to health care, and with the pandemic of 2020 this issue has been highlighted.  On this panel we bring together industry people and professionals in the health and mental health spaces to discuss the foundational nature of this issue to conversations about equality and change.  How can people without health care be strong advocates for change in this industry?  How is physical and mental well-being critical to a more equitable future?

Panelists

  • Tatum Allsep, Founder & CEO, Music Health Alliance
  • Jerome Crooks, Co-Founder, Touring Professionals Alliance
  • Matt Doherty, Co-Founder, Touring Professionals Alliance
  • Patsy Dolan Bouressa, Executive Director, SIMS Foundation
  • Amber Woodhouse, Solo Singer/Saxophonist & Singer, Trigger Hippy

 

5:05 — 5:10 PM ET
Break

 

5:10 — 6:00 PM ET
Roundtables

1) Asian American Collective Roundtable
This will be a roundtable discussion about representation, mentorship, and breaking barriers. Participants will share their stories of coming up in the music business as well as goals for the future, both personally and for our community.

 

2) BMAC Roundtable

Details TBA

 

3) The Elephant on the Row — hosted by Nashville Music Equality
Join Nashville Music Equality for a hard and honest conversation about race from the perspective of executives, fans, and performers in the Country and Nashville music industry.

Moderator

  • Shannon Sanders, Board President, Nashville Music Equality

 

4) She Is The Music

Details TBA

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

3:00 — 3:10 PM ET
Music Biz Welcome & Day 3 Intro

 

3:10 — 3:20 PM ET
Sponsor Presentation

 

3:20 – 4:05 PM ET
Keynote Interview — TBA
Conducted by Music Biz President Portia Sabin

 

4:05 — 4:15 PM ET
Break

 

4:15 — 5:00 PM ET
Diversity SuperPanel
The Diversity SuperPanel is designed to allow participants to hear from many diverse voices in our industry. We have invited a representative from each partner organization plus people from other sectors of the industry to have a robust discussion of the topics raised throughout the event.

Panelists

  • Nicole Barsalona, President, Women in Music
  • Jeremy Blacklow, Director of Entertainment Media, GLAAD
  • Binta Brown, Black Music Action Coalition
  • Saeed Crumpler, Buyer, Rasputin Music
  • Tracy Gershon, Co-Founder, Change the Conversation
  • Erika Montes, Head of Artist Relations, Soundcloud

Plus, representation from:

  • Asian American Collective
  • Nashville Music Equality
  • She Is The Music

 

5:00 — 5:05 PM ET
Break

 

5:05 — 6:00 PM ET
Diversity SuperPanel
The Diversity SuperPanel is designed to allow participants to hear from many diverse voices in our industry. We have invited a representative from each partner organization plus people from other sectors of the industry to have a robust discussion of the topics raised throughout the event.

Panelists

  • Nicole Barsalona, President, Women in Music
  • Jeremy Blacklow, Director of Entertainment Media, GLAAD
  • Binta Brown, Black Music Action Coalition
  • Saeed Crumpler, Buyer, Rasputin Music
  • Tracy Gershon, Co-Founder, Change the Conversation
  • Erika Montes, Head of Artist Relations, Soundcloud

Plus, representation from:

  • Asian American Collective
  • Nashville Music Equality
  • She Is The Music

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Event Details
10. 20. 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free