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Warner Music’s Social Justice Fund Announces Third Round of Grant Recipients

The $100 million fund was established with the Blavatnik Family Foundation to assist causes related to criminal justice reform, education, arts and culture and other social justice issues.

The Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund announced its third set of grantee partners on Thursday (Jan. 20). 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.

Under the current slate of grants, the fund will invest a total of $9.35 million in 15 organizations that reflect the fund’s three strategic pillars – criminal justice reform, education and arts and culture – while also addressing the intersection of race and gender inequity. This year, the fund also emphasized organizations assisting African Diaspora communities worldwide, including in Brazil, Nigeria and Colombia.

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Nearly 70% of the selected organizations are women-led, while a third of all grants address gender equity issues, from creating opportunities for women in the music industry to “dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline for girls of color, and uplifting the voices of gender-expansive adolescents,” according to a press release.

In addition to the $9.35 million investment, the fund’s board of directors also established the Reservoir Fund, which will provide capacity-building, training, coaching and technical assistance resources to sustain grantees’ work in the long term.

“Structural racism constricts the breath, voice and freedom of Black communities, particularly as it intersects with other forms of inequity,” said Lorelei Williams, the fund’s executive director. “With this docket, we were intentional about funding at those crossroads – where racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia collide with devastating impact. We also want to create opportunities for youth empowerment, planting seeds for future generations to thrive.”

Among the first grantees to receive support will be music industry pipeline organizations such as Diversify the Stage, which offers career opportunities in music and live entertainment to underrepresented communities, as well as Gender Amplified, which was founded by Atlantic Records producer Ebonie Smith.

Previous grant recipients include Howard University, The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Black Futures Lab, REFORM Coalition, Black Cultural Archives, The Africa Center, Overtown Youth Center, Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

More information can be found at https://www.wmg.com/fund.

2022 grant recipients:

Criminal Justice

A New Way of Life
Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)
Bard Prison Initiative
Borealis Philanthropy
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Brazil Human Rights Fund
Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC)

Arts & Culture

ARRAY Alliance
Highlander Center
Manos Visibles

Education

Diversify the Stage
Gender Amplified
Hidden Genius Project
West African Vocational Education (WAVE)

Multi-Pillar

BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity)