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Warner Music’s Social Justice Fund Sets Event to ‘Spark New Ideas’ Among Grantees

The fund also announced its next round of grant recipients.

The Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund announced a fourth set of grantee partners on Monday, as well as a first-ever event bringing together current recipients as part of a mission to “spark new ideas and drive collaborative change advancing racial justice.”

WMG/BFF SJF’s inaugural ‘Grantee Convening’ event takes place this Thursday and Friday (June 16-17) and will include virtual sessions for grantees, a private reception, and three livestreamed events covering such topics as grant making, media messaging and the larger dialogue on global justice.

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Convening grantees, who were announced in January, include ARRAY, Bard Prison Initiative, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Brazil Human Rights Fund, Girls Make Beats, Highlander Center, Manos Visibles, A New Way Forward, Gender Amplified, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and Universal Hip Hop Museum, among others.

“We need to create new paradigms of intersectional movement building to disrupt systemic racism and address anti-Black terrorism,” said Lorelei Williams, executive director of the WMG/BFF SJF. “We need new voices at the table. And, if we’re being honest, we need a new table.”

The $100 million fund was established in June 2020 to support causes related to the music industry, social justice and education, along with campaigns designed to fight violence and racism.

The fund’s newly announced fourth round of grantee partners will see investments in seven organizations totaling $928,844, the organization said. Recipients include Black Lives in Music, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Girls Make Beats, Project Level, Save The Music, Unlock Her Potential and Universal Hip Hop Museum. Of this docket of partners, 86% are helmed by Black, Latinx, or Asian leaders, and 57% have female leadership.

This slate of funds will focus on “building music industry pipelines” by creating “pathways for youth and young professionals of color, and advocating for greater racial and gender equity” across the music industry.

“We’re proud to support the extraordinary organizations on the front lines of the fight against racism and injustice and to help further lasting change,” added Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries and the lone benefactor funding his family’s foundation.