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Def Jam celebrates the diversity of female personnel

Def Jam Recordings celebrated Women’s History Month – in partnership with LUCID Motors – with a special event recognizing its own female staff. Held March 28 in Beverly Hills, “The Women of Def Jam” featured the iconic label’s management team, staff and VIP guests along with artists like Kendra Jae, DaniLeigh, Pap Chanel, Nevaeh Jolie, Ilham and Kaash Paige, who joined a “Future Leaders” Panel facilitated by Variety editor Shirley Halperin.

After closing statements from new Def Jam Chairman and CEO Tunji Balogun, the event concluded with a performance from Coco Jones, the label’s newest signee and star of Peacock’s “Bel-Air.”

The women executives of Def Jam were also celebrated earlier this month with the release of “The Women of Def Jam” – a 24-track compilation album featuring music from Nikki D., Foxy Brown, Boss, Ashanti, Amerie, Teyana Taylor, Alessia Cara, Rapsody and Jhené Aiko, among others.

Among major labels, Def Jam is a model of inclusivity and diversity as half of its employees are women, including seven women of color in leadership positions. Additionally, for the first time since 2007, Def Jam has an all-female marketing team.

Pictured above: Def Jam’s Nicki Farag, Khorey Washington and Natina Nimene; Coco Jones and Tunji Balogun can be seen below.

Courtesy of Def Jam

+ Sony Music Edition has partnered with nonprofit Girls Make Beats to host a songwriting and composition workshop for young girls in music. This collaboration marks the launch of Sony Music Group’s second annual Beyond The Instrument program, an ongoing initiative designed to develop the next generation music industry.

With the support of SMP songwriters Crystal Nicole, Caroline Ailin and Sarah Aarons, as well as Bleeding Fingers Music composers Laurentia Editha, Adam Lukas, Christian Lundberg, Anze Rozman, Kara Talve and Denise Santos, 15 students – enrolled in GMB – worked together to create an original song and video score on female empowerment.

“Songwriting and songwriting are viable career paths that have traditionally been male-dominated fields,” said Tiffany Miranda, President and Founder of Girls Make Beats. “We are both honored and thrilled to have our daughters mentored by the inspiring industry professionals of Sony Music Publishing and Bleeding Fingers to create a pipeline for the next generation of music creators.”

The experience, which took place March 26 at Bleeding Fingers Music in Santa Monica, provided students with the right resources and access to industry music professionals. The workshop is part of a series of composition programs with the aim of inspiring and empowering the next generation of songwriters, composers, producers, DJs and sound engineers.

“The young talent behind the Girls Make Beats program is exceptional and working with them is a rare privilege. It’s exhilarating to feel the raw energy and talent these girls bring to the table. The results speak for themselves,” added Russell Emanuel, President and CEO of Sony Production Music.

+ prescription songs > signed a songwriter Morgan Naglerwho is credited on songs by Phoebe Bridgers (“Kyoto”, who was nominated for Best Rock Song Grammy in 2020) and Haim (“Falling”), among others, and is a former actress and lead singer of Whispertown and Whispertown 2000 .