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GRAMMYS RELEASE INCLUSION RIDER

The Recording Academy has released its official Grammy Awards inclusion rider, making it the first major music-awards-show production to publicly commit to using one.

Among the provisions: At least one-third of the candidates for host must be members of underrepresented communities; the Academy will share the inclusion rider with performers to assist in efforts to deepen and diversify representation in the hiring decisions of background performers and other supporting roles; and the senior leadership team will seek to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups for relevant offstage positions such as cinematographer, production designer and costume designer. View the rider here.

"I'm proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an inclusion rider for the music community that counters systemic bias," said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "We were proud to work with a very diverse crew last year for the Grammy Awards, and this is the culmination of a yearslong effort to create a rider for the production of the Grammys. But this is only the beginning; we are committed to putting in the real work required to help create a pipeline of diverse talent and drastically change representation."

The senior leadership team will provide a report on the number of people who auditioned, interviewed or were considered for each relevant position. If the Academy and production company fail to satisfy the terms and commitments of the inclusion rider, the Academy will make a contribution of $100k to organizations whose work is defined by advancing equity in the music industry.

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