09/01/2017 London, UK: UK Music, today, publishes the results of the first pan-industry workforce diversity survey of the music industry focusing on gender and ethnicity.
UK Music is the umbrella body representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, from songwriters and composers to artists and musicians, studio producers, music managers, music publishers, major and independent record labels, music licensing companies and the live music sector.
UK Music’s workforce diversity survey was launched in July 2016 by the UK Music Diversity Taskforce, chaired by Keith Harris, in order to gain a snapshot of diversity within the workplace across the many music businesses in the UK. The aim is to put down a baseline to find out the current picture and to enable future progress to be tracked.
This inaugural diversity survey took data from almost 3,000 staff from major and independent record labels, music publishers, managers, producers, royalty-collection societies and the live music industry. To coincide with the survey’s launch in July, UK Music hosted a diversity summit at PPL’s offices in London with key figures from the industry to discuss issues and challenges.
The survey found BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation in the workforce is 15.6%, which is higher than the figure for the UK population as a whole (12.8%). The study finds that two thirds of music industry workers are based in London where BAME people make up around 30.3% of the workforce.
Among new starters in the music industry, those who have worked for under a year, 27.5% are BAME which suggests the work being done to encourage diversity at this level is having a positive effect.
The proportion of BAME staff in senior positions decreases by age. The survey finds 23.7% of BAME workers aged 25-34 are in senior roles, while between the ages of 35 and 44 the figure is 11.7% and from 45 to 64, this figures sits at 7.6%.
Regarding gender, the overall split of men to women (53.6% to 45.3%) in the music industry shows women are slightly underrepresented in comparison with the UK population (49.3% to 50.7%). However, between the ages of 25 and 34, women account for 54.5% of the workforce which looks more positive for younger women in the industry. This number drops to 41.4% in the 35 to 44 age range and to 32.7% between 45 and 64.
The UK Music Taskforce has now successfully collected the data, measured and analysed the figures. The mission is to work with industry bodies and music employers to ensure that our workforce is as demonstrably diverse as the music we create and export. Every member of UK Music is putting a high priority on increasing diversity at all levels.
Individual organisations are undertaking their own work at entry level by ensuring there is stronger BAME representation through apprenticeships and paid internships.
For mid to senior management level positions, work is ongoing with leading industry recruiters to encourage greater BAME representation by widening the talent pool to bring more breadth to shortlists for roles. Efforts are also being made to increase diversity at board level.
By repeating this workforce survey on an annual basis, the UK Music Diversity Taskforce will be able to map out progress and endeavour to improve opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to forge a career within the industry.
In tandem, the BPI, the body which represents the recorded music industry and a member organisation of UK Music, is taking its own steps to better represent diversity by broadening the membership of its BRITS voting panel to include more representatives who are women and BAME.
Keith Harris OBE, chairman of UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce, said: “It seems that we have reached a moment where the need to improve the diversity of our industry is being matched by a desire by all the interested parties to put initiatives in place that will make a significant difference. I am optimistic that over the coming few years we will see a significant improvement.”
Jo Dipple, UK Music chief executive, said: “This survey gives us the first real insight into diversity across all businesses in the music industry. The history of British music is one of merging multiple genres from numerous cultures into unique sounds. Diversity has allowed our industry to sustain a global reputation for the UK. Nurturing and bolstering workforce diversity adds strength to this country’s astonishing musical output. The two go hand in hand.”
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital & Culture, said: “Britain's world-renowned music industry has the power to help break down the diversity barriers that still exist. I've said before that I make no apology for holding the creative industries to a higher standard than most, and the UK Music survey will help inform the ongoing work to make sure the UK's music industry reflects the full diversity of UK society today.”
Ged Doherty, BPI chairman, said: “Talent may be everywhere, but it’s not always matched by opportunity for all, irrespective of background. Although there’s good work being done, including our recent changes to the BRITs Voting Academy, now is the time to accelerate this process and understand where any issues still exist if we are to attract the very brightest and best – especially at this time of global opportunity – to position the music business as Britain’s international calling card.”
Note: The survey was conducted from July to September with 2,975 responses.
Further findings of the survey can be accessed here
11/07/2016, London UK: Today, the UK Music Diversity Taskforce launches the first ever music industry workforce diversity survey. It is supported by all elements of the UK music industry and was created to gain an accurate snapshot of diversity in the workplace (with an initial focus on gender and ethnicity) within the UK’s many music businesses.
The distribution of the survey coincides with the first UK Music Diversity Summit, to be held in London on July 12th 2016 at PPL.
It is important that today’s UK music sector is open, transparent and progressive and through this survey, industry will be able to measure, analyse and act upon its findings in order to ensure that the ecosystem behind British music is as representative, vibrant and diverse as the music we export globally.
By repeating the survey in future years, the taskforce will also be able to map out progress and improve opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to forge a career within the industry. The results will be published later this year.
The UK Music Diversity Taskforce was established late in 2015 by umbrella industry body UK Music with representatives from all of the core industry sectors: major and indie record labels, music publishers, trade organisations, collection societies and the British live music industry. The taskforce is chaired by Keith Harris OBE.
Keith Harris OBE - Chair, UK Music Diversity Taskforce said:
“It is important that the music industry is in the vanguard of the creative industries when it comes to equality and diversity, so that we can make the most of the benefits of having such a diverse society, which has served Britain so well in the past.”
Jo Dipple – CEO, UK Music said:
“The economic and cultural success of British music over the last couple of years has been astronomical. For us to continue such success we need a strong entry-point pipeline of diverse talent as well as career progression and a diverse management at the top. It seems obvious, but businesses with Boards which properly reflect the public and the consumer do better than businesses with Boards that do not.”
Ayesha Hazarika– Senior Advisor, BPI said:
“Music is proud of its artists’ diversity but this should be better reflected across the executives who lead and shape the industry. We need the best talent to get opportunities at every level of the sector. The BPI welcomes this important work and will play its part. The survey is a vital first step so we can get a snap shot of what the industry currently looks like.”
Vick Bain - CEO, BASCA said:
"I am delighted that UK Music is once again taking the lead in addressing equality and diversity issues in the music industry. The music industry consists of 120,000 workers; not all of them perform (or want to perform!) onstage but skilfully carry out other incredible functions such as managing the complex royalty accounting systems necessary in this digital age, negotiate the contracts for the artists and businesses throughout the industry, design the marketing strategies that ensure artists’ songs become hits…and on. And so it is as important to look at the demographics of these people as it is the stars in order to ensure the best people possible are given opportunities to work in this exciting industry, not just the privileged few. I look forward to reading the results of this important research and will encourage as many companies as I can to complete it."
If you are a music business or employee and wish to participate, please contact: Ele.Hill@UKmusic.org
To complete the survey click here:
About UK Music:
UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry - from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers, music licensing organisations and the live music industry. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, FAC, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music and the Live Music Group.