Allies in Music: Can The Industry Fix The Future By Addressing Its Racial Past?
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Ballroom B
Moderator: Portia Sabin
The music industry was built and monetized on the art and culture of Black and Brown musicians. And its inequitable past puts a traditionally white-run business in a unique position to lead in the movement for racial justice and equity. There is no industry without people of colour, and giving more agency to the creators is just the start of a process that could make music a beacon of change. However, the old guard cannot be passive recipients of knowledge if true change is to be made. White influencers need to engage each other and provide leadership and tenacity. Racism is not a problem that can be solved without a commitment from everyone, and this panel will be a candid conversation about the part white proactivity must play in changing our industry and our culture.