The Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective (BMC) has added new music creators and professionals to its honorary chairs and leadership council.
Yolanda Adams, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Yvette Noel-Schure are new honorary chairs. Adams was previously on the BMC leadership council. Jones was until recently co-president of the Recording Academy. They join returning honorary chairs Jeff Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones and John Legend.
Rico Love is the new BMC chair, succeeding Riggs Morales. Love is also vice chair of the Recording Academy’s board of trustees.
“The Black Music Collective has remained steadfast in its mission to advance Black music since its founding in 2020,” Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have inaugural members of the BMC returning and honored to have an esteemed community of new industry leaders joining us to accelerate progress. Black music is an integral part of all music, and we are committed to the long-term work required to drive real and measurable change.”
“There have been moments where I knew I had to be the one [who] young girls saw pick up a guitar, or advocate for the right to be creatively free, to stand for myself,” said singer-songwriter, musician and actress Yola, who is joining the leadership council. “They needed to see a dark-skinned, plus-size woman do that, so this moment feels like a deepening of my mission for representation for all of that. For this and so many more reasons, I’m so profoundly honored to join the Black Music Collective leadership council.”
Since the launch of the BMC in 2020, its top initiatives and events have included a collaboration with Amazon Music for the Your Future Is Now scholarship, the launch of the HBCU Love Tour created in partnership with GRAMMY U and the inaugural Recording Academy Honors Presented By The Black Music Collective event, where Legend received the first-ever Recording Academy Global Impact Award along with D-Nice, Love Renaissance, MC Lyte and Morales.
The Black Music Collective’s honorary chairs and leadership council include the following new and returning members. These music professionals will work with the Academy’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team and BMC leads Ryan Butler and Ricky Lyon.
Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Prince Charles Alexander
Denzel Baptiste & David Biral (Take a Daytrip)
Binta Niambi Brown
Terri Lyne Carrington
Rico Love, Chair