October 19, 2021

"I am proud that the Academy is leading the charge in releasing an inclusion rider for the music community that counters systematic bias," said Harvey Mason Jr.

On Tuesday (Oct. 19), the Recording Academy released its inclusion rider addendum implementing a more diverse recruiting process for the upcoming 2022 Grammy Awards -- making it the first major awards show to use the add-on in its hiring contracts.

In the inclusion rider, the Recording Academy outlined a plan to boost diversity and ensure that more members of underrepresented communities are considered for roles on and off the stage during the telecast.

Some of these underrepresented groups include: "Black, Indigenous, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and other Non-Black people of color, those of Hispanic or Latino/a/x descent, women of all backgrounds and identities, people with disabilities, people over the age of 40, people from certain religious minorities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (“LGBTQ+”) people," the rider specifies.

In March 2018, Frances McDormand won an Academy Award for best actress for her lead role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and introduced the term “inclusion rider” into pop culture consciousness during her acceptance speech. The speech sparked conversations on diversity and inclusion within the film and wider entertainment industry – prompting a reckoning on representation on and behind the camera.

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The inclusion rider was co-written by Kalpana Kotagal (partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll) and Fanshen Cox (production and development executive, Pearl Street Films) with contributions from Valeisha Butterfield Jones (co-president, Recording Academy) and Allie-Ryan Butler (founding director, Warner Music | Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University).

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