"We are writing to stand alongside and in solidarity with the women who penned letters to you regarding gender disparity and ask that more significant and robust action be taken by The Recording Academy to answer their call," the letter reads. It cites a statistic that from 2013 to 2018, about 90 percent of Grammy nominations were awarded to men; 10 percent to women. "NARAS is meant to reflect all of the music industry and be 'by the people and for the people.' Structural flaws in the makeup of the Recording Academy itself have led to systemic issues in the selection of nominees and winners for the awards."
The initiative, called Broadly Films, was announced by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday morning. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the multi-million dollar three-year project, funded by venture capital company AE Ventures, will assist 36 international filmmakers in funding, developing, and producing short films about "innovation, technology, youth, and women's issues."