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Alicia Keys was honored as the Icon Songwriter last week at the National Music Publishers Association in New York City.

As Alicia accepted her award, she took the time to announce her NEW initiative that will help female advancement in the world of music.

In her speech, she stated,

“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 affects women across all industries.”

The 15 time Grammy-award winning artist also said,

“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.”

Although Keys did not give further details on the new initiative, we’re positive that she is about to completely change the industry for women all over the world.

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