At Billboard's inaugural Pride Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday (Aug. 8), six LGBTQ-identifying executives from Billboard's list of 40 industry-shaping LGBTQ execs sat down with Billboard's Ian Drew, consumer editorial director, for a panel entitled Pride In the Corner Office. At one point, the conversation turned to the barriers to diversity that technology has torn down in the music biz – and the ones that still need to be.
"Barriers are down, absolutely," says Eliah Seton, president of independent music and creator services, Warner Music Group. "Nothing separates the fan from the artist, and streaming has done that, technology has done that…. New, unique voices an old school executive might never have thought to back will be backed by the fans. It's an amazing innovation."