Breaking Down Racial Barriers: What We Heard & What's Next

On June 2, 2021 ECMA signed the Breaking Down Racial Barriers (BDRB) declaration, along with many other industry partners. At that time we were also part way through a 4-part BDRB Series addressing anti-Black racism in Canada’s East Coast music and entertainment industry.

On May 7, 2022, our partners and industry gathered once again to hear the findings of these sessions. This report outlined 5 major areas that need to be addressed:

1) Anti-Black Racism

2) Belonging & Feeling

3) Representation

4) Absence Of Infrastructure & Black Owned Business

5) Urgent Need For Dedicated Spaces For Black Artists, Creatives & Organizations

If you were unable to attend in person, or online, this follow up session is now available on the ECMA YouTube channel. Please take a moment to watch and listen.

Watch Here

ECMA, and our partners, are committed to moving forward with the recommendations provided by BDRB. The first of which is a commitment by ECMA and all regional MIAs to participate fully in CIMA’s NEXT STEPS: Equity | Diversity | Inclusion, an equity-focused monthly professional development workshop series. This training is free and open to all, and we encourage you to join us.

Register Here

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