SEM as a company would not exist without the historical and contemporary creative input of black artists. Pioneers like Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Kelli Hand and Juan Atkins created the sounds and scenes that shaped dance music. That this history is being whitewashed from the decks and dancefloors of today is a tragic failure that we and the industry as a whole need to reflect upon, and react to.
Our focus as a company has always been to try to maintain an all inclusive structure from the inside out, for our staff and students. But we recognise that this isn’t enough. We are committed to educating ourselves in order to fully recognise the ways that systemic racism is deeply rooted in our society.