BDRB Panels

Roundtables 1, 2 and 3 will address key areas of the entertainment industry and barriers faced by Black music professionals - with highlighted themes and key take-aways captured. The 4th and final roundtable will aggregate the findings to create actionable suggestions for change which will be shared with peer & partner organizations and the wider community with the understanding that if embraced, can inform policies and practices that should be reformed.

DISCUSSION TOPICS

• Systemic & Systematic Racism

• The Economics of anti-Black Racism in the Entertainment Industry

• Anti-Black Racism in the Media & the Spaces that Create it

• Barriers faced by Black Event Producers: Agents, Access to Venues Event Spaces, Festivals & Sponsorship

• Anti-Black Racism in The Creative Space: From Creatives to Ad Agencies

• Challenges faced by Black Artists: Systemic & Systematic Barriers - Independent to Major Label

• Representation in the Corporate & Organizational Entertainment Industry: Record Labels, Streaming Companies & Industry Associations

• Retention & Succession: The Role of Education, Mentorship & Succession Planning in creating the next generation of Black Music Professionals; Hiring, Professional Advancement & Promotion w/i the Music Entertainment Industry

PANEL 1

Held Friday May 28th 2021

Panelist included:

Cazhhmere (NS/ON)
Corey Writes (NS)
Delvina Bernard (NS)
Owen O'Sound Lee (NS)
Reeny Smith (NS)

PANEL 2

Held Tuesday July 13th 2021

Panelist included:

Phakt (NB)
Daniel Ohaegbu (PEI)
Kirsten ‘Kwento’ Taylor (NS)
Louis A. Gannon (NS)
LXVNDR ( NS)

PANEL 3

Tuesday August 17th 2021

Panelist included:

Tamara Steel (PEI)
Kyah Sparks (NS)
Farai Gwasira (aka King Sway) (NFLD)
Dwayne DJ Slim Marcial (NB)
Keonté Beals (NS)

PANEL 4

Panelist included:

Mickey Quase (NS)
JRDN (NS)
Katrina Lopes (ON)
Ryan Veltmeyer (NS)
Sheri Jones (NS)
Harvi Millar (NS)