DEI Vice President of Recording Academy Ryan Butler Tells Us What Brings Him Joy Online

Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is pretty magical. The Internet opens doors and opportunities, allows people to connect with others and allows everyone to find where they belong: their corners of the Internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In Mi Rincón de Internet, we talk to people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, what we should save on Pocket to read later and what sites and forums shaped them.

With Pride celebrations throughout June, we’ll be featuring LGBTQ+ leaders this month as part of our my internet corner Serie. In this upcoming installment, Ryan Butler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Recording Academy, talks about his love for Janelle Monáe, how TikTok is influencing the music industry, and the importance of creating a safe space for voices. underrepresented online through music.

What is your favorite corner of the internet?

I love scrolling through the GRAMMYs TikTok (@GRAMMYs), because it has plenty of feel-good moments from our annual award shows. There’s nothing like seeing the moving reactions of GRAMMY winners for the first time. I still get emotional every time I watch Doja Cat’s acceptance speech on this year’s broadcast.

What’s a deep dive into the internet that you can’t wait to dive back into?

I’m interested in further learning how TikTok is influencing the music industry and how it’s specifically affecting Black creators. New information emerges every day about the app’s positive and negative impacts on creators’ rights, streaming, and popularity.

What is the tab in your browser that you always regret closing?

I always regret closing my music tab. I love discovering new music and diverse artists through Apple Music. It is vital to my role as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to stay up to date on all things music.

Who is a strong LGBTQ+ person online who is a role model for you?

Janelle Monae. Whether through social media, music, movies, and now publishing, Janelle has always been an advocate and inspirational figure for the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. can’t wait to read the librarian of memory which will explore race and weirdness in a dystopian world.

What can’t you stop talking about on the internet right now?

I can’t stop talking about the Recording Academy’s recent initiatives to diversify our membership and advocate for inclusion in the music industry. Earlier this year, we announced our partnership with GLAAD to promote LGBTQ+ representation in music. In May, we kicked off our HBCU Love Tour at Howard University, which aims to empower future music industry professionals and bolster African-American representation. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and an HBCU alumnus and faculty member, I am proud to be at the forefront of these initiatives.

What was the first online community you interacted with?

The music community. I enjoy seeing how artist fandoms bring people from all over the world together.

What articles and videos are in your Pocket waiting to be read/watched right now?

I have some overall turn Saved videos that I need to catch up on. overall turn is a series of performances highlighting international artists in the Afrobeats, K-Pop and Latin genres. I love how this series focuses on musical cultures from around the world.

If you could create your own corner of the Internet, what would it be like?

It’s important for the music community to reflect the diverse creators within it, so I’d love to create a corner of the internet that promotes intersectionality in music. Providing underrepresented voices with a safe space to be heard is not only a personal mission, but also part of the Recording Academy’s mission.

Ryan Butler serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Recording Academy®, where he leads diversity, equity and inclusion internally and externally for the Recording Academy and its affiliates. He is responsible for diversity and inclusion efforts company-wide and for ensuring that the Academy’s core value of diversity, equity and inclusion remains embedded in all aspects of the organization, including internal staff culture, Membership, Awards, Defense and related programs. He also sets national and chapter goals to accelerate results for underrepresented creators and communities.

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