Posted on August 6, 2021

Grammy Awards Show to Make Diversity Part of the Contract

Jill Serjeant, Reuters, August 4, 2021


The Recording Academy said it was adopting a so-called “inclusion rider” to its contract with producers of the January 2022 Grammy ceremony to boost diversity at every level.

The inclusion rider will oblige the company that produces the show to “make its best effort to recruit, audition, interview and hire on-stage and off-stage people who have been historically and systematically excluded from the industry.”

The Recording Academy said it would be the first major music awards show to commit to using an inclusion rider.


Inclusion riders were first adopted in the film and television industry some three years ago as contract extensions that stipulate the numbers of women and people of color working in front of and behind the camera on individual projects. {snip}