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  • Sony 2024 Social Justice Fund Impact Report
  • Jun 05
Sony 2024 Social Justice Fund Impact Report

A message from Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman and CEO, Sony Group Corporation:

In today’s world, where diversity is more crucial than ever, our Purpose remains steadfast: to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology.

Diversity is one of our core Values at Sony Group. We are committed to supporting a culture where diversity is not only embraced but celebrated as a strength. To embrace diversity and to pursue our Purpose, we will remain committed to driving initiatives utilizing the USD $100 million Global Social Justice Fund and continue to provide support and resources to organizations globally.

This fund serves as an incubator and provides resources to visionary organizations that support critical issues focused on civic and community engagement, criminal justice reform, education, and positive social impact through diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The Fund is truly global and its reach and impact has grown every year. Since 2020, we’ve proudly partnered with and supported more than 500 organizations across 70 countries and 7 regions around the world.

Our partners work tirelessly to protect human rights, combat racial discrimination, and provide education and training to those in need. You will find many instances of their efforts throughout this report – like Sony Music Group’s support of Small Green Shoots, to give disadvantaged young individuals access to opportunities within the music and creative industries, Sony Corporation of America’s Support of the International African-American Museum (IAAM) with funding and immersive technology, and Sony Pictures’ long-standing partnership with CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), to advance Asian American and Pacific Islander representation and bridge gaps in the entertainment industry – just a few examples of the important work of our partners.

Our commitment to creating positive change knows no bounds. And our programs, such as Sony Music Group’s Global Scholars Program and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation Career Pathways are launching a diverse group of talented young people into careers of limitless potential.

As we look ahead, the Global Social Justice Fund will continue to support initiatives that lead to creating an inclusive world where all individuals are respected and valued for their unique contributions.

We proudly take on the challenge to provide resources to organizations who share our goals of making our world better and lifting the voices that can inspire positive actions in their communities and beyond.

  • Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer, New Season of Hit Podcast Series from Sony Music and Orbit Media, Tells First-Hand Story of a Serial Killer’s Shocking Crimes & Confessions
  • Jun 03

Reporter Steve Fishman Reveals Never Before Heard Confession Tapes as He Explores His Own Unique Relationship with a Murderer 

Listeners Can Subscribe to The Binge to Listen To The Full Season Today

New York, NY – June 3, 2024 – Sony Music Entertainment and Orbit Media, today announced the premiere of Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer, the newest season of Sony Music’s hit investigative podcast series that explores shocking tales of crime and deception. In this season of Smoke Screen, journalist and host Steve Fishman unpacks the story of serial killer Robert F. Carr III and, with the help of the killer’s daughter, dissects his personal connection to Carr’s heinous crimes that spanned a decade.  Subscribers to The Binge can listen to all episodes at once today. 

In My Friend, The Serial Killer, Fishman sets out to understand the man who he briefly met just months prior to his confession of multiple rapes and murders. The killer picked him up hitchhiking and for some reason, let him go. Throughout the series, listeners are exposed to the never before heard confession tapes, interviews with detectives and a road trip to the scenes of his crimes. All the while Fishman continues to question – how did this happen? Why was I spared? And how do I revisit this dark story from so many years ago? 

“My whole world was turned upside down at 19 years old working for a local Connecticut newspaper. The bells went off meaning a huge story had come in,” said host and reporter Steve Fishman. “In that moment, I learned that I was almost the victim of a serial killer and for years I have searched for answers about this man who I narrowly escaped from.” 

Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer is hosted by award-winning journalist, Steve Fishman. Dan Bobkoff is the producer. Annie Aviles is the editorial consultant. From Sony Music Entertainment, executive producers are Catherine Saint Louis and Jonathan Hirsch.  

Listeners can subscribe to Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer on The Binge, as well as all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. For more information on Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on X/Twitter and Instagram.

Smoke Screen: My Friend, The Serial Killer, New Season of Hit Podcast Series from Sony Music and Orbit Media, Tells First-Hand Story of a Serial Killer’s Shocking Crimes & Confessions
  • SMG Global Impact Report 2024
  • May 31
SMG Global Impact Report 2024

Today we’re excited to release Sony Music Group’s 2024 GLOBAL IMPACT REPORT.

Now in its third iteration, this year’s Global Impact Report serves as a recurring opportunity for all of us at Sony Music Group to reflect on our progression, sharing new ways to embolden the future of the music industry and our place within it. Every year, we work to uphold our most foundational values—putting artists and songwriters first, fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace, and empowering our communities across the globe.

Once again, our teams came together to highlight our global achievements, diving deeply into the advancement of our talent, our people, our advocacy, our environmental & sustainability efforts and our governance. The result is a testament of your work and commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, transparency and equity. 

We invite you to read through the latest global report and look forward to an update next year.

  • Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Legacy Recordings et Feeling Productions Inc. annoncent la sortie de JE SUIS : CÉLINE DION (Bande originale du film)
  • May 24

Une célébration de l’aventure légendaire de Céline Dion avec cette collection de 20 titres comprenant les succès et la musique instrumentale

[Toronto, ON – 24 mai, 2024] – Sony Music Entertainment Canada et Legacy Recordings, en collaboration avec Feeling Productions Inc. annoncent la sortie de JE SUIS : CÉLINE DION (Bande originale du film) en CD et en numérique, le 21 juin 2024 et en vinyle double le 9 août 2024. Cette sortie précède de peu la sortie très attendue du documentaire Amazon MGM Studios JE SUIS : CÉLINE DION (version française de I AM: CELINE DION), réalisé par Irene Taylor, réalisatrice nommée aux Oscars, qui sera diffusé sur la plateforme de vidéo sur demande Prime Video à partir du 25 juin 2024. Précommandez la bande originale ici

La bande originale de 20 chansons comprend une sélection des plus grands succès de Céline au fil des décennies, tels que « The Power of Love », « My Heart Will Go On » et le plus récent « Love Again ». Elle inclut également sept pièces instrumentales composées par le célèbre violoncelliste Redi Hasa et produites par Alberto Fabris. Ce voyage musical est le fruit de la collaboration d’une équipe dévouée pour honorer le patrimoine de Céline Dion et dépeindre de manière vivante son histoire remarquable. Voir la liste complète des chansons ci-dessous.

« Je tiens à remercier le compositeur Redi Hasa pour l’extraordinaire partition musicale de ce film, son proche collaborateur Alberto Fabris et tous les musiciens qui ont partagé leur talent avec nous sur cette bande originale », a déclaré Céline.

Liste des chansons:

  1. Main Theme – Artist Always / Thème principal – Artiste toujours (Instrumental)
  2. The Power of Love
  3. Pour que tu m’aimes encore
  4. A New Day Has Come
  5. The Episode / L’épisode (Instrumental)
  6. J’irai où tu iras
  7. Because You Loved Me
  8. The Diagnosis / Le diagnostic (Instrumental)
  9. River Deep, Mountain High
  10. Mama Dion / Maman Dion (Instrumental)
  11. Zora sourit
  12. My Heart Will Go On
  13. All By Myself
  14. The Awakening / L’éveil (Instrumental)
  15. Ashes
  16. Swallows / Les hirondelles (Instrumental)
  17. Love Again
  18. Je crois toi
  19. I’m Alive
  20. Talea (Instrumental)
Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Legacy Recordings et Feeling Productions Inc. annoncent la sortie de JE SUIS : CÉLINE DION (Bande originale du film)
  • Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Legacy Recordings and Feeling Productions Inc. Announce Release of I AM: CELINE DION (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • May 24

Celebrating the Unforgettable Journey of Celine Dion with a 20 Track Collection Including Hits and Original Score

[Toronto, ON – May 24, 2024] – Sony Music Entertainment Canada and Legacy Recordings, along with Feeling Productions Inc., announce the release of I AM: CELINE DION (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on CD, and digitally, on June 21, 2024 and on double vinyl August 9, 2024. This release comes just before the highly anticipated debut of the Amazon MGM Studios documentary I AM: CELINE DION, directed by Academy Award nominated director Irene Taylor and set for global streaming debut on Prime Video starting June 25, 2024. Pre-order the soundtrack here.

The 20-song soundtrack features a selection of Celine’s greatest hits spanning decades, such as “The Power of Love”, “My Heart Will Go On” and the more recent “Love Again”. It also includes seven original score tracks composed by acclaimed cellist Redi Hasa and produced by Alberto Fabris. This musical journey represents a collaborative effort by a dedicated team to honour Celine Dion’s legacy and vividly depict her remarkable story. See full tracklisting below.

“I want to thank the composer Redi Hasa for this extraordinary musical score for this movie, his close collaborator Alberto Fabris, and all the musicians who shared their amazing talent with us on this soundtrack,” said Celine.

Tracklisting:

  1. Main Theme – Artist Always (Score)
  2. The Power Of Love
  3. Pour que tu m’aimes encore
  4. A New Day Has Come
  5. The Episode (Score)
  6. J’irai où tu iras
  7. Because You Loved Me
  8. The Diagnosis (Score)
  9. River Deep, Mountain High
  10. Mama Dion (Score)
  11. Zora sourit
  12. My Heart Will Go On
  13. All By Myself
  14. The Awakening (Score)
  15. Ashes
  16. Swallows (Score)
  17. Love Again
  18. Je crois toi
  19. I’m Alive
  20. Talea (Score)
Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Legacy Recordings and Feeling Productions Inc. Announce Release of I AM: CELINE DION (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Sony Music Entertainment Announces Brand-New Podcast Origins With Cush Jumbo
  • May 23

Before the fame: intimate origin stories from iconic names, hosted by beloved British actor and writer Cush Jumbo OBE

London, UK – 23rd of May 2024 – At The Podcast Show in London Islington’s Business Design Centre, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) today unveiled the forthcoming launch of Origins with Cush Jumbo in September 2024.

Cush Jumbo OBE is a British icon of the stage and screen, best known for her leading role in the CBS drama series The Good Wife andParamount spin-off The Good Fight. Most recently, she has starred as Lady Macbeth opposite David Tennant at the Donmar Warehouse and as June Lenker in Apple TV+ series Criminal Record opposite Peter Capaldi.

Origins with Cush Jumbo will delve into the fascinating and intimate origin stories of entertainment’s biggest names.

Joining SME’s world-class podcast slate, Origins will give listeners a glimpse into lives of their favourite stars before the limelight, offering never-before-heard stories and intimate insights into their early years.

With a lineup boasting the crème de la crème of entertainment royalty, Jumbo will transport listeners and her guests back in time – from childhood tales to teenage misadventures and early career struggles, each episode will unravel the formative moments that shaped the trajectory of success for some of the world’s most celebrated personalities.

She will bring her magnetic energy to the captivating, unique and often hilarious conversations of Origins with Cush Jumbo inviting listeners to reminisce alongside iconic names. They will experience the stars they know and love like never before. 

 Cush’s infectious personality, wicked sense of humour, and refreshingly frank approach guarantee dynamic conversations with her A-list friends on the show.

Origins with Cush Jumbo will launch in September 2024.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Sony Music to begin my podcasting journey. Origins is all about taking my guests on a trip back down memory lane and I’m delighted that so many incredible people from across all of entertainment will join me for candid, honest and intimate conversations filled with laughter, tears and everything in between.” Cush Jumbo OBE

Sony Music Entertainment Announces Brand-New Podcast Origins With Cush Jumbo
  • Declaration of AI Training Opt Out
  • May 16

New York, NY – May 16, 2024 – Sony Music Group (SMG) and its affiliates have invested in the development and promotion of songwriters and recording artists all over the world for more than a century.  SMG is a passionate believer in the inherent and paramount value of human artistry.  Additionally, SMG has been embracing the potential for responsibly produced AI to be used as a creative tool, revolutionizing the ways songwriters and recording artists create music.  We support artists and songwriters taking the lead in embracing new technologies in support of their art.  Evolutions in technology have frequently shifted the course of creative industries.  AI will likely continue that long-standing trend.

However, that innovation must ensure that songwriters’ and recording artists’ rights, including copyrights, are respected.  For that reason, SMG’s affiliates, Sony Music Publishing (SMP) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME), on behalf of themselves and their wholly owned or controlled affiliates, are making this affirmative, public declaration confirming that, except as specifically and explicitly authorized by either SME or SMP, as the case may be, each of them expressly prohibits and opts out of any text or data mining, web scraping or similar reproductions, extractions or uses (“TDM”) of any SME and/or SMP content (including, without limitation, musical compositions, lyrics, audio recordings, audiovisual recordings, artwork, images, data, etc.) for any purposes, including in relation to training, developing or commercializing any AI system, and by any means, including by bots, scrapers or other automated processes, in each case to the full extent permitted by applicable law in all relevant jurisdictions.  This declaration reaffirms and is without prejudice to all of SMP’s and/or SME’s prior rights reservations and their respective legal rights, all of which are expressly reserved.  SME’s and SMP’s rights reservations apply to all existing and future SME and SMP content, including those creative works that may be identified through publicly available means or listed from time to time in databases such as those maintained by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the [International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP).]

Inquiries regarding AI training permissions and related issues can be sent to [email protected] and/or [email protected], as appropriate.

  • CNN Films and OWN Acquire Dawn Porter’s Luther: Never Too Much
  • May 15

NEW YORK – (May 15, 2024) – CNN announced today at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation that CNN Films, in partnership with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, has acquired the documentary feature Luther: Never Too Much. From award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter (CNN Films John Lewis: Good Trouble), the film follows the iconic artist, Luther Vandross, as he charts his own course, becoming one of the most decorated and influential artists of all time. Produced by Raindog Films and Foxxhole Productions for Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Publishing, in association with Trilogy Films, the film will premiere in 2025 on CNNOWN and Max.

Luther: Never Too Much chronicles the story of a vocal virtuoso. Using a wealth of rarely seen archives, Vandross tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson and Roberta Flack. The film relives the many stunning moments of Vandross’ Grammy® award-winning musical career, while exploring his personal life, health struggles, and a lifelong battle to earn the respect his music deserved.

“I’m thrilled to partner again with CNN Films and OWN to bring this film to audiences,” said director Dawn Porter. “Luther’s music is timeless, his legacy is unsurpassed, and we can’t wait for all of his fans new and old to experience his brilliance.” 

“CNN Films has a long history of bringing audiences intimate portraits of their favorite musicians and Dawn has crafted a beautiful tribute to Luther Vandross,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent, CNN Originals, and creative development. “It is an honor to reteam with her along with our partners at OWN to celebrate Luther’s enduring legacy and his iconic songbook.”

CNN Films and OWN have acquired television and SVOD rights for the US and Canada.

Directed and executive produced by Dawn Porter, Luther: Never Too Much is produced by Trish D Chetty and Ged Doherty for Raindog Films; Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner for Foxxhole Productions; and Leah Smith for Trilogy Films. Executive producers are Colin Firth for Raindog Films; Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Sony Pictures Television Nonfiction; Tom Mackay and Richard Story for Sony Music Entertainment; and Jon Platt and Brian Monaco for Sony Music Publishing. Phil Thornton also serves as an executive producer. Sony Music Vision is the distributor.  

Luther: Never Too Much premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in January to a standing ovation and glowing reviews.

CNN Films and OWN Acquire Dawn Porter’s Luther: Never Too Much
  • Sony Music Group Artists and Songwriters Unite in Campaign To Boost Youth Voter Turnout for EU Elections
  • May 01

Backed by European artists and songwriters, Sony Music Group’s ‘YOUR VOICE, YOUR POWER, YOUR VOTE’ campaign launches across the European Union in multiple languages

BRUSSELS – Thursday 2nd May 2024 – Sony Music Group today announced the launch of YOUR VOICE, YOUR, POWER, YOUR VOTE – A non-partisan campaign to encourage voter participation in the European Union elections with a focus on young people and underrepresented groups. 

Run in partnership with the European Youth Forum, which represents over 100 youth organisations across the continent, the YOUR VOICE, YOUR POWER, YOUR VOTE campaign will unveil a collection of films, across multiple platforms in multiple languages, featuring Sony Music Group’s roster of artists and songwriters. 

Artists and songwriters from across the European Union featured in the campaign include:

Finland: Goldielocks
France: Soso Maness
Germany: $OHO BANI, Clueso, Lotte, Alvaro Soler, HE/RO, Joris, and Culcha Candela
Italy: IL VOLO
The Netherlands: Sam Feldt and Mr Belt & Wezol
Poland: Szczyl
Portugal: Dino D’Santiago
Spain: Rozalen
Sweden: Jackie Mere

“2024 is an election year for almost half the global population, and civil societies thrive when everyone contributes to the democratic process,” said Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Social Impact, Sony Music Group. “Young people are key to a vibrant society. They care about the world we live in and are active and engaged every day through widespread movements, activism and more. However, while social action ensures their voices are heard, voting is also key to ensuring they are listened to. We are delighted that our artists and songwriters have come together to support the Campaign ahead of the June European elections.”

María Rodríguez Alcázar, President of the European Youth Forum, added: “Through our partnership with performing artists, we aim to mobilise even more young voters for the upcoming 2024 European elections. Young people are a vital part of our societies. We are the mobilising power behind many movements, we participate in political debates online and we engage with our communities through youth organisations. This makes us integral to shaping democratic life. Young people deserve representatives who genuinely care about our lives and prioritise our concerns and ideas. Turning up to vote this June will make our voices heard and ensure that we are not overlooked in the decision-making process.”

Between 6th and 9th June 2024, the European elections will take place in the 27 EU Member States, with around 366 million EU citizens called to vote. YOUR VOICE, YOUR POWER, YOUR VOTE is designed to educate, engage and promote civic participation, building on Sony Music Group’s existing social justice initiative to encourage civic engagement. 

Visit the website for more information and resources.

  • Cover Up: The Conspiracy Tapes, New Season of Hit Investigative Podcast From Sony Music and Magnificent Noise, Premieres Today
  • May 01

New Season Examines the Untold Story of John Todd, the Father of Modern Day Conspiracy Theories and the Way His Secret Recordings Changed Our World, For the Worse. 

Listeners Can Subscribe to The Binge For The Full Season Now  

New York, NY – May 1, 2024 – Sony Music and Magnificent Noise, today announced the season premiere of The Conspiracy Tapes, a new season of Cover Up that explores the mysterious story behind the man who helped ignite the modern-day conspiracy theory and set the stage for decades-long culture wars that continue today. The first episode is available today, and subscribers to The Binge can listen to all episodes now.    

Hosted by filmmaker and documentarian Paul Murphy, Cover Up: The Conspiracy Tapes unpacks and unravels the story of John Todd, who went from church to church in the 1970’s warning Christians to fear a vast conspiracy involving witches led by a sinister organization known as the Illuminati. His fiery speeches were recorded, and tapes were passed around.

Through tape recordings, various interviews and first-hand encounters with those who followed John Todd, The Conspiracy Tapes, reveals how Todd’s teachings would eventually lead to the conception of modern conspiracies like Q Anon and Pizzagate. The Conspiracy Tapes tells the shocking story of a man who was running from his own dark secrets while spewing misinformation and fantasy to his many followers. 

“John Todd was not an ordinary con man who tricked people into following him and his beliefs,” said Paul Murphy. ”Throughout this season, we peel back the curtain to provide an unprecedented look into one of the most influential ideologues that you’ve probably never heard of and one whose theories have truly changed our world forever, for the worst.”

Cover Up: The Conspiracy Tapes is produced by Sony Music Entertainment and Magnificent Noise. The season is hosted by Paul Murphy. Eric Nuzum is the Executive Producer. From Sony Music Entertainment, Catherine Saint Louis and Jonathan Hirsch are Executive Producers.

Listeners can subscribe to Cover Up: The Conspiracy Tapes on The Binge today to listen to all episodes, all at once. The Conspiracy Tapes is also available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on other Sony podcasts, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

Cover Up: The Conspiracy Tapes, New Season of Hit Investigative Podcast From Sony Music and Magnificent Noise, Premieres Today
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