Warner Music Group (WMG) and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have announced the external board of directors for their joint Social Justice Fund, including executives from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines.
The $100 million fund was announced in June following “#TheShowMustBePaused,” an industry-wide campaign to show solidarity with those protesting racial injustice and reflect on ways to drive change. It is set up in partnership with the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the philanthropic organization headed by billionaire Len Blavatnik, who is the founder and chairman of WMG parent Access Industries.
Funds will support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice and education, as well as campaigns against violence and racism, and the board will help determine the amount and timing of those financial gifts.
The five external members are director of the social justice grant-giving Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice team Tanya Coke; Live Nation Urban president/Maverick partner Shawn Gee; San Francisco Department of Police Accountability executive director and former chief prosecutor Paul Henderson; 1063 West Broad social impact agency founder and chief impact officer Alencia Johnson; and The Vistria Group LLC private equity firm senior advisor Mona Sutphen, who served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy under former president Barack Obama.
These leaders will help “ensure the Fund’s governance will include independent oversight and accountability,” according to a press release. The 15-member board will also include seven WMG executives and three rotating representatives of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Other members of the Board of Directors include WMG vp of international strategy & operations Temi Adeniji; WMG vp of public policy & government affairs Mark Baker; Atlantic Records UK executive vp Austin Daboh; Atlantic chief partnerships officer/head of the WMG Global Brand Partnerships Council Camille Hackney; Snap Inc. chairman Michael Lynton, who is non-executive chairman of the WMG board and chair of the WMG/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund; Atlantic senior vp of A&R and artist development Riggs Morales; Warner Records executive vp/head of business & legal affairs Julian Petty and Warner Chappell Music president, A&R, U.S. Ryan Press.