The Grammy Awards published the details of its "inclusion rider" on Tuesday, policies that seek to ensure equity and inclusion at all production levels of the award show going forward.
The Recording Academy detailed its intentions regarding recruiting more diverse people to work both in front of and behind the camera at the 64th annual awards ceremony scheduled for Jan. 31, according to an an eight-page document.
The Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement he was hopeful that the plan would "move the needle" on increasing diversity at all levels of production for the annual event.
"I am proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an Inclusion Rider for the music community that counters systematic bias," Mason said in the statement. "But this is only the beginning. We are committed to putting in the real work required to help create a pipeline of diverse talent and drastically change representation."
Today we released our official GRAMMY Awards Inclusion Rider, a contract addendum designed to be a robust tool to ensure #equity and #inclusion at every level during the production of the 2022 #GRAMMYs. https://t.co/0XUc96fBZO— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) October 19, 2021
Specifically, the inclusion rider states that the organization will make a "deliberate effort to consider those who may have been affected by intersectional discrimination" when hiring for the awards show. At least one-third of the candidates considered for the awards show's host, presenters, performers and people working off-stage will come from underrepresented communities.
Beyond hiring, the document also voiced a commitment to making all reasonable efforts to provide gender-neutral facilities at event locations and to acknowledge the Indigenous people who may have owned the land where future awards shows and related events take place.
The Academy committed to creating the inclusion rider in August as Hollywood actors like Michael B. Jordan, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig also pledged to use inclusion riders in their future projects.
Inclusion riders began in the film and television industry and act as contract addendums that create accountability to ensure historically underrepresented groups are properly considered in the hiring process.
The Grammy Awards have repeatedly been criticized for recognizing more white artists than Black musicians and people of color.
Earlier this year, The Weeknd withdrew his music from consideration at the Grammys because of "secret committees" he said were responsible for the nomination process.
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys," The Weeknd told The New York Times at the time.
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