JCK’s Industry Fund, a non profit supporting commerce, consumer research and access to education for the fine jewelry and watch industry, has added a new grant dedicated to promoting greater inclusivity.
The grant will be awarded in 2021 with application submissions due in the fall of 2020.
Since 1997, the JCK Industry Fund has awarded over $6 million to watch and jewelry programs. Diversity is now seen by the fund’s committee as a crucial issue for an industry that has been seen as exclusionary to under-priviledged and black and minority ethnic groups.
“The US jewelry industry has always been international. However, social inequality in America has made the barrier to entry quite high for some talented minority jewelry professionals. The new grant aims to inspire and promote greater inclusivity in many aspects of the business,” says Yancy Weinrich, COO of Reed Exhibitions USA.
“The JCK Industry Fund has always been about leading positive change in our industry,” she continues. “As the Fund grows in both size and scope, monies are directed each year to where they are needed most and to where significant impacts can be achieved. We believe adding a new grant specifically focused on inclusivity and diversity will be beneficial to the entire jewelry industry and its consumers immediately and for the future. “