There has already been much work within the music industry to champion equality and diversity.
The UK Music Equality & Diversity Charter is a vehicle for music businesses and individuals to sign their name to a set of values and offer a commitment to improve diversity in the workforce. The commercial and business case for doing so is obvious. The success of British music is dependent on diversity. These two things are inter-dependent. Having a diverse workforce will only reinforce the diversity, range and popularity of the music we create. Having a diverse workforce will give our music relevance in markets around the world. It will allow us to strengthen the UK’s reputation abroad. The inclusion of a diverse range of innovative, creative and business talent will lead to a stronger market. The UK Music Diversity Charter allows you to make an obvious commitment to the industry you work in; to make it bigger, better and representative of the world we seek to entertain.
Have a look at the text of the Charter, you can also download it here:
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[Name of Company or Individual] supports the Equality & Diversity Charter for Music and each year of their participation, will select at least two areas from the following four, and decide on their own specific action plan to improve equality and diversity.
1. Recruit from a wide talent pool.
Adopt practices to welcome employees, partners and suppliers from the widest possible talent pool, reducing possible exclusion.
2. Improve equality and diversity at senior decision making levels.
Identify talented individuals and help them to make progress in their careers at all levels of the industry, including participation on boards, in senior management and as business owners.
3. Participate in or run activities that promote equality and diversity in the music industry.
4. Share methods of increasing equality and diversity.
Share best-practice, tools, opportunities and training with other businesses and individuals in order to more easily increase equality and diversity in the industry.
You will find information, inspiration and useful links here to help you decide what to do, or you may be able to share your expertise with others if you are already taking action to improve equality and diversity.