On Wednesday, Alicia Keys received the Icon Songwriter honor at the National Music Publishers Associations annual meeting in New York.
During her acceptance speech, Keys announced her new initiative to help with female advancement within the music industry.
According to Variety, Keys said during her speech, “I’ve joined forces with a group of really powerful female executives, songwriters, artists, engineers, producers, and publishers to help reshape the industry that we all love by creating real opportunities and a pipeline of talent for other women. We’re calling our initiative She Is the Music. We want to create a model for change that effects women across all industries.”
She continued, “We deserve the utmost respect, and so many of these women across industries are telling our culture that time is upon double standards, and it is it’s over for pay inequity and colleagues who are at best disrespectful and at the worst unsafe — so it’s over for that.”
Following her speech, Variety asked Keys more about her new profound initiative, she declined to go into further detail at the moment, but added “You’ll be hearing about it,” and “We just want it to permeate right now.”
Alicia Keys has had an extensive music career releasing her debut album back in 2001 and going on to win a total 15 Grammy Awards.