The culture of country music and the music industry as a whole depends upon standard-setting organizations like the CMA paving the path toward racial justice. While other music associations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) implement efforts for equitable solutions, the CMA is on a path to being on the wrong side of history. It’s up to industry leaders and experts across the industry who are committed to social change to conduct a racial equity audit, end racially exclusive practices and create a new culture that is inclusive to Black artists and artists of color.