October 19, 2021

Eight-page document consists of “four key elements”

The Grammy Awards have released an eight-page inclusion rider for the 2022 show. Read the whole thing here, or a synopsis below.

The inclusion rider for the upcoming Grammy Awards consists of “four key elements,” according to its co-author Kalpana Kotagal. As laid out by the civil rights attorney, those elements are: “a commitment to deepening and diversifying hiring pools, benchmarks and targets for hiring, the collection and analysis of applicant and hiring data, and strict accountability measures.”

“By committing to use the Inclusion Rider for its 2022 production, the Grammy Awards is not only ensuring a more equitable and diverse hiring process, it is also setting an important standard for inclusivity and representation at award shows moving forward,” Kotagal said in a statement accompanying Tuesday’s rider release.

In addition to Kotagal, who is a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, the Grammys 2022 inclusion rider was co-written by Fanshen Cox (production and development executive, Pearl Street Films) and contributors Valeisha Butterfield Jones (co-president, Recording Academy) and Allie-Ryan Butler (founding director, Warner Music | Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University).

The Grammys are the first major awards show to publicly commit to using an inclusion rider. The announcement of the rider was made in August as part of a partnership between the Recording Academy and Color of Change.

An inclusion rider is a contract provision that sets forth a process for hiring and casting to expand and diversify the candidate pool, encourages hiring qualified cast and crew who have been traditionally underrepresented in productions, tracks progress and creates accountability.

The complete article can be accessed here.