Sony’s Global Social Justice Fund, aimed at tackling inequality and injustice, has announced that 90 more organisations will receive funding.
This round of funding will aid advancement in areas of civic engagement, educational programming, criminal justice reform and other areas. Communities across Africa, Australia, Canada and a host of other countries will be impacted by the organisations funded.
Beneficiaries are selected by a diverse committee - representing all areas of Sony Music.
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Towalame Austin, Sony Music’s EVP of philanthropy and social impact, had much to say about the fund: “We have a responsibility to be good stewards of this Fund which means that we need be intentional and careful about how the Fund is utilised.
“One hundred million dollars is a significant amount of money; you need to develop a strategic plan that will help you reach your goals and objectives. At the same time, we knew we wanted to begin making an impact in communities around the world immediately.
“The majority of organisations selected connect SMG to meaningful programming and allows the company to make a real impact beyond the financial commitment we make. Whether it’s a grassroots organisation in a local community or a global initiative spanning continents, we are committed and dedicated to supporting this work.”
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Pirate Studios are receiving funding to allow for access to studios for young people, while Stopwatch is another organisation being funded - supporting families dealing ‘Stop and search’ policies and their impacts. Many other organisations are also being funded.
The fund began in June 2020, as a response to the effects of the pandemic on the industry, as well as the effects of racial injustice within the industry and also more generally. It aims to give back to communities and help tackle the most present issues in the industry today.
You can read more about the fund here.
[Via: Music Business Worldwide]
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