To support those on the road to achieving boundary-breaking firsts, we’ve launched a series of grant programs to help create more opportunities for women, Black creators, and cultural innovators on their journey towards creating positive impact through their work.
The Johnnie Walker First Strides initiative celebrates, inspires and enables people and organizations taking bold strides towards progress, and pushing boundaries to move culture forward for all.
The Johnnie Walker x Blacktag First Strides Creator Grant Program is an empowering initiative to bring Black creators’ visions into fruition through exposure, funding and mentorship. In celebration of those leading the next generation of cultural curators, the program is proud to announce its first five grant recipients who will develop and produce their next project alongside the Blacktag team with powerhouse writer and producer Kenya Barris.
Johnnie Walker and partners at the National Women's Soccer League's LA-based Angel City Football Club tapped five-time Grammy Award-winning artist Brittany Howard and LA-based artist Tia P. to create "Running with the Angels," the first original anthem for a U.S. women's professional sports team and the official anthem for the ACFC team. The song is an ode to the team's trailblazing spirit, as the world's first majority women-founded, owned and operated pro-soccer team, and will serve as a celebratory anthem for the team and fans as they take the field for their first season next month.