#TimesUp – BRITs 2018 announces Time’s Up support
Inspired by the artists, producers, executives and others in the music industry who walked the red carpet at last month’s GRAMMY Awards, The BRITs will provide artists, presenters and guests with a white rose pin as a symbol of solidarity, which we invite them to wear, if they so choose.
We reached out to Voices In Entertainment (VIE), the team behind the US ceremony’s white rose gesture. VIE is a grassroots organisation formed in the US by 16 female executives in music and entertainment who had been inspired by the TIME’S UP movement. VIE came together earlier this year to figure out what more the music industry could be doing to support TIME’S UP. The group contacted all attendees through their networks with the idea of wearing a white rose to the ceremony with an overwhelming response.
The BRIT Awards with Mastercard will show support to the movement on the 21st of February by providing white rose pins – adopting the symbol for all the same reasons that VIE did – because of its historical importance; representing hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.
In response to our plans, when we spoke with VIE co-founder Meg Harkins, she told us: “We are thrilled The BRITs have taken the proactive decision to support Voices In Entertainment and TIME’S UP. This is not only an important conversation in the US but all over the world and The BRITs will help focus attention on these ongoing issues.”
In 2016 we helped to establish a task force to look at inclusion and diversity across the industry – a move that has been supported by all areas of the UK music business.
The BRITs continues to be committed to driving this critical conversation forward.
The BRIT Trust supports a range of charities that promote education and wellbeing through music. We are proud to say that since 2017 this has included Music Support – which works with people in music affected by addictions, anxiety and other facets of mental health and wellbeing.
If you feel affected by any of the issues raised by the TIME’S UP movement, or know someone who is in difficulty and feel that Music Support can help, please call the Music Support helpline on 0800 030 6789 and mention ‘BRITs 2018 Times Up’ to help guide your call inquiry.