OUTMUSIC INC. is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella to support the work LARA (LGBT Academy of Recording Arts). Our mission is to promote the advancement and appreciation of LGBTQ music culture & heritage as a recognized artform, create opportunities to support the development of young aspiring artists, increase visibility in honoring, documenting and archiving the contributions and achievements of marginalized LGBTQ artists into music & entertainment history.
It is important that the contributions and achievements of LGBT people are included in the history of the world. The more LGBT people are known for their contirbutions, the more impact we can make in changing hearts and minds.
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In 1990, OUTmusic Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, was founded life partners Daniel Martin and Michael Biello in their East Village Apartment in New York, NY. Their mission was to create a place where LGBT and Queer music people could exercise their authentic freedom of expression in all beautiful ways. For 17 years Dan and Michael headed the organization until they sought new leadership in 2006.
In 2007, recording artist and activist Diedra Meredith was appointed as the new Executive Director. Under her new leadership, the organization was re-founded as OUTmusic - The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts creating the acronym LARA.
LARA defines what OUTmusic is. To the general person, it was not clear what OUTmusic meant. Therefore, the alliance of LGBT recording artists became LARA which stands for LGBT Academy of Recording Arts. Creative industry professionals and patrons of the arts were allowed membership to the Academy.
LARA presents the OUTmusic Awards and under Meredith's leadership the production took on a more commercial presence adding new categories to support the growing LGBT music and entertainment industry.
In the same year, Meredith comissioned 3D CGI artist Luis Perez to create and design a new award for the OUTmusic Awards.
The OMA Trophy is a golden statue of a uniquely designed microphone. The trophy symbolizes the triumphant spirit of light and truth that our honorees and nominees represent.
For the first time in the history of the organization, the OUTmusic Awards was exposed to millions of viewers when MTV/Logo TV featured the Best Moments of the OUTmusic Awards on its primetime New Now Next Poplab show.
For over 25 years Outmusic - the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) has honored, promoted and celebrated LGBT music culture and heritage.
Take a look at some of the best music videos from some of the top feature artists who proudly stand in the light of their truth hosted on the new Outmusic Television Network (OMTVN) YouTube channel and showcased on the OMTVN.com platform.
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