Recording Academy Task Force On Diversity And Inclusion Announces Initiative To Expand

first_imgNews A host of producers, artists, labels and companies rally behind the initiative to expand opportunities to female producers and engineersGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 5:37 am Today, the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion announced an unprecedented new initiative that aims to expand opportunities for female music producers and engineers. The Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative is the inaugural action of a larger strategy to address gender inequity in the music industry. According to a 2018 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, only 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers/mixers across popular music are women. This initiative is the first step in a broader effort to improve those numbers and increase diversity and inclusion for all in the music industry.The Inclusion Initiative calls on any entity or individual responsible for or involved in selecting and hiring producers and engineers to commit to making hiring decisions only after considering a slate of candidates that includes at least two women. It also asks working producers to take gender diversity challenges in music’s technical fields into account when determining who to mentor and prepare for development and advancement opportunities. To assist in ensuring the success of this initiative, the Recording Academy has committed to creating and hosting a webpage dedicated solely to facilitating the process of identifying working female producers and engineers. The website enables anyone seeking to consider and hire a woman for a position to quickly access relevant resources, including tools provided by She Is The Music and Women’s Audio Mission, leading organizations that help connect decision-makers with female producers and engineers.”The music industry is at a crossroads and progress won’t happen on its own. There is no magic bullet to shift a status quo that has existed for centuries, but we see this initiative as an important step,” said Tina Tchen, Chair of the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and Partner at Buckley LLP, who previously served as chief of staff to former First Lady, Michelle Obama. “We know that change requires real commitment to intentional hiring and to providing young women with consistent training and mentorship. We aren’t here to tell anyone who to hire, but we have seen repeatedly that the simple act of making sure diverse candidates are always seen and considered makes it more likely that women will get the opportunities they previously have been denied. It’s one step everyone can take that could go a long way to catalyzing important change that is overdue in this industry.”A diverse and impressive lineup of more than 200 artists, producers, labels, agencies, management companies, and other stakeholders, including Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Common, Andra Day, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, P!NK, Post Malone, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more have already signed on to the initiative, signifying their commitment to diversity and overcoming long standing barriers to success in the music industry. The full and growing list is below. The Task Force is thrilled to have received support from this founding class, and looks forward to announcing the names of additional persons and companies who commit to the Inclusion Initiative.“As an artist and member of the Recording Academy, I’m proud to join this pledge and appreciate the work of the Task Force to bring this forward. Women deserve as much opportunity as men, and we know this industry has not always been fair. The only way to change these inequities is for us to face it directly and commit to do more,” said artist and Task Force member, Common.The Inclusion Initiative gives employers and creative decision-makers the continued ability to make the right choice for their music, while simultaneously providing visibility and opportunity for female producers and engineers. Bringing visibility to these issues will not only expand opportunities for women today, but it will also inspire more young women and girls to pursue technical careers in the music industry going forward, which could help shrink the gender gap.“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to surround myself with powerful female figures. I’m proud to have a female engineer run my own Unsub Studios. I pledge to support this great initiative to provide even more opportunity to talented female producers and engineers,” said artist Katy Perry.The Recording Academy Task Force was established in March of 2018 to examine issues of inclusion and diversity within the Academy and the broader music community. 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VESA publishes DisplayPort 2 standard as 8K future nears

first_imgDisplayPort is getting a new spec just in time for 8K displays. Josh Miller As companies continue to announce higher, richer and sharper displays the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has decided to update its DisplayPort spec. The first major update in over three years, the group on Wednesday introduced DisplayPort 2, a new spec designed to take on the new displays of the future. New features of the updated spec include support for resolutions beyond 8K — including 10K and 16K, higher refresh rates and high dynamic range (HDR) support at higher resolutions and “improved user experience with augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) displays.” A maximum payload delivery of 77.37 Gbps, three times more powerful than the current DisplayPort 1.4a spec, allows for support of a feed at 8K resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, full-color 4:4:4 resolution and 30 bits per pixel to support HDR10. The group says the performance boosts can be delivered over the native DisplayPort connector or through USB-C. According to VESA the first products to support the new spec are “projected to appear on the market by late 2020.” 2 Computers TVs Monitors Commentscenter_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Dhaka cleaning campaign claims setting Guinness World Record

first_imgPhoto:Prothom AloDhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) claims to set a new Guinness World Record by a cleaning campaign in the city joined by over 15,000 people, reports UNB.DSCC mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the campaign ‘Dettol Porichchonno Dhaka” powered by GTV and supported by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at Golap Shah Mazar point of Gulistan.Mayor Khokon said, 15,313 people joined the campaign spontaneously to set the new record.However, the formal announcement from the Guinness Book of World Records authority will come soon after the completion of necessary formalities.The auditors of the Guinness Book of World Records were present to witness the two-hour-long programme.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzaman Miah, film actor Riaz, actress Mahiya Mahi and many others joined the event.DMP commissioner Asaduzaman Miah said, this type of event will help raise awareness to keep the city clean.This initiative was taken to create awareness among people that practising hygiene should not be limited to personal life only; rather it should be practised at a community level to build a clean city.DSCC in collaboration with Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh arranged the programme to raise awareness among people to make the city a clean and a healthy one.The registration for participants in the sweeping programme started around 7:00am at Nagar Bhaban.The sweeping programme, led by the DSCC mayor, started from Golapshah Mazar in Gulistan and ended at the Paltan area in the capital.On the other hand, Residents of Vadodara, the 10th cleanest city of India on 28 May last year created a Guinness World Record with maximum number of people sweeping the ‘floor’ (single venue) while around 5,058 people came together to sweep the venue-a bridge connecting Akota with Dandia bazaar-in city, spread over one kilometre.last_img read more