British-Ghanaian record producer, disc jockey, and musician Juls (known in real life as Julian Nicco-Annan) is among the 2,321 people invited to join The Recording Academy (Voting class).
Juls is best known for producing songs such as like ”Bankulize” and “Skin Tight” by Mr Eazi , “Feel Alright” by Show Dem Camp,” Rudebwoi Love” by Stonebwoy and ”Gwarn” by Burna Boy.
Reacting to the news, Juls tweeted: “For the culture… any opportunity to push our music and our culture to the masses all over the world I’ll take it!”
Juls joins Lil Nas X, Gunna, and Nigeria’s Bankulli as part of the invited voting class for the Recording Academy.
The 2020 class of invitees is 48 percent female, 21 percent African American/African descent, eight percent Hispanic, and three percent Asian American and Pacific Islander.
The representation of this class also spans ages, genre and regions.
The Recording Academy’s current membership is 26 percent female and 25 percent from traditionally underrepresented communities.
Kelley Purcell, the academy’s senior director, member outreach, notes that, unlike last year, the academy had a full year to work on its member class.
Last year, in the first year of its new, peer-review membership model, it had just seven months, from the launch in November 2018 to the announcement of the 2019 invitations on June 6, 2019.
This year’s “freshman class,” as the academy calls it, is 48% female (compared to 49% in last year’s freshman class invites), 21% African American/African descent (compared to 26%), 8% Hispanic (compared to 7%), 3% Asian American/Pacific Islander/Asian (same as last year) and 51% people who are age 39 or younger (same as last year).
Some of those invited did not disclose their demographic details – On gender, 3% did not disclose. On ethnicity, 13% did not disclose.
On age (possibly the most sensitive topic in a youth-dominated industry), a whopping 25% did not disclose.
Women account for 26% of the academy’s overall membership, not just the freshman class (same as last year).
People from traditionally-underrepresented communities account for 25%, up a point from last year’s 24%.
People who are age 39 or younger account for 25%, down from 29% last year.
Featured image credit: Juls’ Instagram page
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