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.
The UK Music Diversity Taskforce is led by Ammo Talwar, who took over from founding chair Keith Harris in 2019.
“I feel hugely privileged to chair this taskforce. UK Music has made real inroads around diversity and inclusion. We are global leaders in music making and I’m confident that the UK’s music sector will continue to move at pace, reflecting the ever-changing landscape of community, music and genres”.
Ammo Talwar, Chair, UK Music Diversity Taskforce
UK Music’s Head of Diversity is Rachel Bolland, who oversees all diversity issues for UK Music.
• Find out more about the UK Music Diversity Taskforce here.
• Find out more about the UK Music Futures Group here.
• Find out more about the CIC Diversity Charter here.
• Find out more about The Equality Act 2010 here.
• Find out more about The Business Case For Diversity here.
The UK Music Diversity Task Force will collectively improve equality and diversity across the music industry workforce with a sharp focus on gender and race.
We will achieve this by :-
• Producing a major biennial report on diversity in the music industry
• Driving change in the music industry through an evidence based approach to diversity
• Regular communication with the music industry to highlight best practice and the benefits of a diverse workforce
• Seeking to improve representation at all levels of the industry workforce, including at senior management and at Board level
• Working with trade bodies, Parliament and Government on the benefits of inclusivity to support music industry growth