US industry body the Recording Academy has faced a lot of criticism about the diversity of its membership in recent years. It’s hoping to win some praise for its 2020 intake though.
More than 2,300 new people have been invited to join, and while the big names include John Legend, Ozuna and Yolanda Adams, it’s the demographics of the whole group that the organisation is keen to shout about.
“The 2020 class of invitees is 48 percent female, 21 percent African American African descent, eight percent Hispanic, and three percent Asian American and Pacific Islander,” explained its announcement. “The representation of this class also spans ages, genre and region.”
These figures are improvements on the makeup of the existing membership, which is only 26% women and 25% from “traditionally underrepresented communities”.
“Building out our membership body is a process that encourages inclusivity from start to finish,” said the Academy’s senior director of member outreach Kelley Purcell.