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Grammy task force to tackle gender disparity

AFPNEW YORK (AFP-Jiji) — The institution behind the Grammys last week announced its first major step aimed at tackling gender inequality in music, launching a plan to expand opportunities for women producers and engineers.

The Recording Academy initiative calls on artists to include at least two women in the pool of candidates they hire from, saying “the music industry is at a crossroads and progress won’t happen on its own.”

“There is no magic bullet to shift a status quo that has existed for centuries, but we see this initiative as an important step,” said Tina Tchen, chair of the academy’s nascent Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.

The task force was created last year in response to major backlash that the Grammys are consistently too male and too white. Just 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers and mixers working in popular music are women, according to a 2018 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study.

More than 200 artists, producers and other stakeholders including Cardi B, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Keith Urban and Pharrell Williams have signed on to the new inclusion initiative, the academy said.Speech

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