The Recording Academy has announced Valeisha Butterfield Jones has been appointed as the Grammys’ first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Valeisha Butterfield Jones into the Recording Academy family,” said interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. in a statement. “Valeisha has been a force in driving systemic change and enhancing equal opportunities for underrepresented groups across entertainment, technology and politics. I’m excited to work with her to continue evolving the Recording Academy as an organization that represents our music community and a place where all voices are welcomed, supported and nurtured. We are so fortunate to have Valeisha’s leadership in this crucial area.” Find the full announcement here.
Butterfield Jones previously worked at Google as the company’s Global Head of Inclusion. She’s also the co-founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). Her hiring at the Recording Academy follows a recommendation by the Recording Academy Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, which was made in December 2019. Among her duties at the organization is to “design, build and implement world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.”
In March, former president/CEO Deborah Dugan was fired from the Recording Academy after being placed on administrative leave from the organization in January. While the Academy stated her firing was due to allegations of unspecified “misconduct,” Dugan alleged that she was terminated in retaliation to her efforts to reform what she called a “corrupt institution.”
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