How We're Fighting Racial Injustice: “We’ve convened to hear experiences and ideas and are working on long and short plans that will be weaved into the ethos of the company.”
Artist and label partnerships lead, U.K. & Ireland, Spotify
With thriving acts like Emily Burns, girl in red and Claud, Walsh, 35, says it’s “an amazing moment in time” for LGBTQ visibility in music. She has also advocated for gender equity on Spotify playlists and was part of the team that helped launch RADAR, its global emerging artist program, which has supported acts like Alaina Castillo in the United States and queer pop star Rina Sawayama in Japan.
In the Wake of COVID-19, the Industry Will: “Be more supportive, on both a personal and professional level. We’ll increase our empathy for artists and the workforce.”
Contributors: Trevor Anderson, Katie Bain, Ed Christman, Leila Cobo, Stephen Daw, Nolan Feeney, Eric Frankenberg, Gab Ginsberg, Alim Kheraj, Steve Knopper, Jason Lipshutz, Joe Lynch, Taylor Mims, Gail Mitchell, Melinda Newman, Claudia Rosenbaum, Dan Rys, Avery Stone, Nick Williams
Methodology: Executives who publicly self-identify as LGBTQ were chosen by editors based on factors including, but not limited to, nominations by peers, colleagues and superiors at selected music companies. In addition to nominations, editors consider timely career accomplishments, recent successes by artists and clients, inclusivity initiatives and overall impact on the music industry.
This article originally appeared in the June 13, 2020 issue of Billboard.
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