Lil Baby will be honored for his contributions to racial and social justice in and outside of the music industry. Recently, the Grammy-winning rapper hosted his third annual “Back to School Fest” at Atlanta’s West End Mall. In partnership with Goodr, the event provided more than 3,000 local children with music, games, carnival rides, food, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts. In addition, Lil Baby partnered with Atlanta restaurateur Lemont Bradley to offer 100 jobs to young adults and established the $150,000 “My Turn” scholarship program for students at his former high school.
The event, sponsored by the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), celebrates artists, executives, companies, entrepreneurs, activists and companies who have used their platforms to affect social change over the past year.
Music manager David Ali, whose clients include Kehlani, receives BMAC BLACK: Future. Now. Price.
Gail Mitchell, Billboard‘s executive director, R&B/hip-hop, and Shirley Halperin, Variety‘s executive editor of music, will each be honored with the BMAC 365 Award, an award given to an individual, company or organization that has consistently supported social change throughout the year.
As previously announced, BMAC will honor Jon “Big Jon” Platt, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Publishing, with the Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award. Kevin Liles, CEO of 300 Entertainment, Amazon Music and The Recording Academy will each be honored with the BMAC Social Impact Award. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, lawyer and author Brittany K. Barnett and Culture Creators’ Joi Brown receive the BMAC Change Agent Award. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) will receive the first BMAC Icon Award.
The 2022 Music in Action Awards Gala will be co-hosted by singer and Bel Air actress Coco Jones and entertainment/lifestyle figure Kenny Burns. R&B recording artists WanMor, sons of Wanyá Morris of Boyz II menwill do a special performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often dubbed the black national anthem.
The festivities start on Sunday, September. 18 with an introductory BLACK: Future. Now. Brunch.
“The BMAC Music In Action Awards are the only awards of their kind in the music industry,” Caron Veazey, Black Music Action Coalition co-founder and co-chair, said in a statement. “It’s a feeling,large event where we come together, not to celebrate our own individual achievements, but to celebrate what the honorees have given to and done for others. The road we’ve all been on toward racial and social justice has been long, it’s been uphill, and it certainly hasn’t been easy. So taking an evening out to shine a light on those who have given of themselves to make a way for someone else is a welcome rest stop on the highway to equality.”
The 2022 BMAC Music in Action Awards Gala will celebrate the organisation’s achievements over the past year and highlight upcoming initiatives. BMAC has been instrumental in tackling systemic racism within the music industry, advocating on behalf of black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers and other industry professionals.
Veazey is on the BMAC board of directors along with Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, Ashaunna Ayars, Naima Cochrane, Jamil Davis, Shawn Holiday, Damien Smith and Courtney Stewart.
BMAC’s advisory board includes Jones, Avant and Irving Azoff.
For more information about the Black Music Action Coalition and the Music In Action Awards Gala, visit bmacoalition.org.