Social Justice Fund

Janelle Monáe Partners with The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund to Empower Women, Girls and Non-Binary Youth of Color Through her Fem The Future Non-Profit

March 22, 2023

Janelle Monáe teams up with Warner Music Group/ Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund
(WMG/BFF SJF) to expand the programs of her non-profit, Fem the Future, whose mission is to build a
fem-forward future by creating opportunities for under-resourced girls and non-binary youth of color in
music, the arts, and education. The $150,000 grant will serve as a pilot for longer-term collaboration
between the two organizations.

“In partnership with the Social Justice Fund, we’re giving girls the chance to own their power – and
change the world,” says Janelle Monáe. “The SJF grant will support Fem the Future as it develops
programming for girls and non-binary youth and shines light on their talent – helping them build
confidence, expand educational opportunities and make informed decisions about their bodies, their
lives and their futures. A beautiful future begins with uplifting the next generation of artists, activists and
freedom fighters.”

“It is a joy to partner with Janelle Monáe and Fem the Future in their groundbreaking work,” says Lorelei
Williams, Executive Director, WMG/BFF SJF. “As a cultural icon and catalyst, Janelle embodies liberation
in her music and across all of her creative platforms, including Fem the Future. With the fall of Roe v.
Wade and the rise of anti-LGBTQI+ bills, the fight for gender justice is more crucial than ever. Our bodies
and our freedom are at stake. This grant will enable Fem the Future to scale up its programming; elevate
the power and brilliance of Black girls and non-binary youth; and ensure greater access to life-changing

“On behalf of Fem the Future, we are beyond thrilled to partner with the WMG/BFF SJF,” says Christina
Shareef, Fem the Future Board Chair. “This partnership represents a powerful opportunity to increase
access and opportunities for women and girls of color in music, entertainment and the creative arts. By
giving them the tools to succeed academically and professionally – and amplifying their voices and
perspectives – we can spark lasting change in their lives. I am confident that together, we can make a
real difference and I am excited for all the incredible things we will achieve.”

Fem the Future provides young women and girls with the resources and support they need to overcome
the challenges associated with growing up in under-resourced communities of color. It expands the
world of opportunities by supporting and creating after-school and summer enrichment activities that
increase exposure and access to a variety of careers. In an effort to impact as many women and girls as
possible, Fem the Future also resources organizations providing access to arts, music and leadership
development-centric pedagogies.

The Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund advances racial justice at the
intersection of culture and systems change. The Fund invests in organizations around the globe that build
more just and equitable communities and create real change in the lives of historically underserved and
marginalized people, principally Black populations. Its investments focus on education, arts and culture,
and criminal justice reform, with the belief that work in these areas will aid in dismantling structural
racism and advancing equity and justice for all people. Since the Fund’s launch in June 2020, the
organization has committed over $25M to organizations on the frontlines of change. Gender justice is a
key throughline across all SJF grant pillars and over 80 percent of SJF grantee partners are led by women
of color in the U.S. and internationally.