British music is one of the UK’s strongest assets. British artists are globally renowned, and our industry contributes £5.2bn to the British economy. It creates 190,935 full time jobs in the process.
The eco-system that supports and promotes the music economy relies on a constantly refreshed pool of young and diverse creative talent. We must ensure we attract people into the industry from all walks of life and all backgrounds and encourage them to progress through the ranks.
Diversity is not an option for music. It is a necessity. UK Music is committed to helping music companies diversify and adopt fair and inclusive employment practices.
In 2016, to get a clearer picture of the music industry workforce, UK Music undertook the first pan-industry workforce diversity survey, focusing on gender and ethnicity. In 2018 a second survey was published, which showed improvement within the industry, though more work needs to be done.
UK Music has been campaigning for #SelfieLeave. We are calling on the Government to urgently update the shared parental leave and pay rules to include self-employed parents. The music industry risks losing talent and diversity if it fails to improve the working conditions of parents and carers. Changes to the legislation would also be a major step forward for gender-equality in the music industry.
UK Music’s Head of Diversity is Rachel Bolland, who oversees all diversity issues for UK Music.