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Warner announces the board for its new Social Justice Fund

By | Published on Wednesday 22 July 2020

Warner Music

Warner Music yesterday announced details of the board for its new Social Justice Fund. That’s the initiative set up in the wake of Black Out Tuesday by the mini-major and the foundation of its majority shareholder Len Blavatnik.

When launching the $100 million fund last month, Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper said it would “support the extraordinary, dedicated organisations that are on the front lines of the fight against racism and injustice, and that help those in need across the music industry”.

The fund will be headed up by a board made up of Warner Music execs and some external people too, including people with experience running schemes that seek to battle prejudice in business, politics and society at large, and to champion civil rights for all.

The external board members include Tanya Coke from the Ford Foundation, Paul Henderson from the San Francisco Department Of Police Accountability and Alencia Johnson from social impact agency 1063 West Broad, plus Shawn Gee from Live Nation and Mona Sutphen from private equity group The Vistria Group.

Warner people involved include Temi Adeniji, Mark Baker, Austin Daboh, Camille Hackney, Riggs Morales, Julian Petty and Ryan Press, plus Michael Lynton, non-executive Chair of the Warner Music Group, who will also Chair the new fund.