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Virtual town hall pushes for equity in Madison’s entertainment industry

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's entertainment community is looking for ways to ensure equity for all performers and audiences.

Representatives from the city and the Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) joined in a virtual town hall Monday to talk about a plan that would allow equal access to stages and opportunities for all musicians in greater Madison.

A task force has developed a list of recommendations like equal representation at festivals and anti-bias training.

"The reason this work got started is because we had some very specific access issues to stages and that is hip hop artists to this day still have trouble getting equitable access to stages and opportunities in the greater Madison area," said Karen Reece, one of UCAN's co-founders. "This is specifically artists who identify as black."

Monday's town hall also featured performances from three paid artists.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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