On Wednesday, Audiomack and the Black Music Action Coalition announced the launch of “Black Music Executives Are The Future,” an internship and mentorship program committed to grooming and developing the next generation of Black executives in the music industry.
As part of the initiative, Audiomack and the Black Music Action Coalition will select five, Black undergraduates – or recent graduates who earned degrees as recently as April 2021 – to participate in three-month paid internships at Audiomack across several departments, including marketing, creative design, editorial & content strategy, content operations and tech development.
Additionally, the five recipients will be assigned at least two distinguished music industry executives to serve as their mentors over the course of the program. The list of award-winning executives includes:
Amina Diop – Senior Vice President of Republic Records & Artist Manager
Andrew McInnes – CEO of TMWRK; manager for Diplo, A-Trak, etc.
Cortez Bryant – CEO of The Blueprint Group; served as artist manager for Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X
Damien Smith – Artist Manager at Full Stop Management; manager for Offset and Anderson. Paak
Gordan Dillard – Artist Manager at SALXCO, manager for Doja Cat
Prophet – Co-founder and co-chair of Black Music Action Coalition; Artist manager
Tariq Cherif – Co-founder and CEO of Rolling Loud
It’s disheartening to see that, of the 70 major and independent music companies, only 4.2% of high-level executives are Black,” Audiomack VP of Marketing & Brand Strategy Jason Johnson said. “As leaders in this industry, we must commit to hiring, developing and elevating Black talent to better reflect the communities that we serve. With this partnership with BMAC, our hope is to establish a strong pipeline of young, Black talent to enter the music industry and equip them with the resources to thrive.
If we are serious about closing the wealth gap and building an equitable industry and society, then there must be a true investment made into the next generation of Black executives and artists,” Black Music Action Coalition co-chair and artist manager Willie “Prophet” Stiggers said. “BMAC’s mission is not to only hold our industry accountable for dismantling systems that have historically prevented us from reaping the benefits of a culture we created, but to also to create new systems, new ideas and new leaders. It starts with leveling the playing field and ensuring that the executives and artists coming up, has the tools, support, resources, and access to excel. If Black lives matter – prove it.
To apply for the paid internship program, prospective candidates must submit HERE, create an Audiomack account, upload their resume, identify their preferred internship department and follow Audiomack, Black Music Action Coalition and Culture Fusion Agency on Instagram and Twitter.
Finally, applicants must submit a 300-word paragraph that explains why they want to be selected as a “Black Music Executives Are The Future” recipient and outlines how they would leverage the experience to further their professional development. The deadline to apply for the program is March 4. From there, Audiomack and Black Music Action Coalition will review submissions, announce the program winners on March 14 and assign the recipients to start their respective internships on March 21.