The Americana Music Association will host a special virtual panel this Thursday via the organization’s Facebook page to address the ongoing concern about racism in the genre. Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation will begin at 4 p.m. EST and will be moderated by music journalist Marcus K. Dowling.
The panel will consist of some of of Americana music’s top Black artists and creative professionals. Artists Adia Victoria, Kamara Thomas and Rev. Sekou will be joined in conversation with Louisiana Red Hot Records GM and head of A&R Lilli Lewis and Muddy Roots Music Festival organizer Jason Galaz.
The livestreamed panel is aimed at advocating for a more significant presence for Black artists and industry leaders as stakeholders more broadly represented in Americana’s present and future. Given that gospel, blues, and soul are intrinsic to Americana as a musical genre, the discussion plans to address the problematic issue and how it can be remedied.
The association says it will be one of several conversations addressing methods for enacting systemic change bearing sustainable impact. A follow-up panel on Black Equity in Americana has also been scheduled for the Americana Music Association’s Thriving Roots Conference Sept. 16-18.
Check out the Americana Music Association’s Facebook page for more information.