18.11.2022: MPs heard from diversity campaigning organisation Black Lives in Music (BLiM) about their drive to support the industry in providing better professional opportunities for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people.
BLiM Chief Executive Charisse Beaumont and Director of Operations Roger Wilson spoke to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music group on Wednesday November 16 and highlighted the key data from their 2021 report Being Black in the Music Industry.
Their report says that 88% of Black music professionals agree that there are barriers to progression for Black people in the music industry and 84% agree promotions happen less frequently for Black people in the music industry than those who are not Black.
The duo also used the event, facilitated by UK Music, to outline their plans for 2023. These include an Anti-Racism Code of Conduct and further work with the charity Attitude is Everything, to break down the barriers faced by Black disabled people.
BLiM were joined by singer, songwriter, and musician Shingai Shoniwa, who spoke about her experiences working in the industry and some of the unique pressures she has faced as a Black woman in music, plus how her upbringing shaped her passion for activism.
The meeting was attended by Chair of the APPG on Music Kevin Brennan MP, Christina Rees MP, representatives from the offices of Jeff Smith MP and Jamie Stone MP, officials from the House of Commons Diversity and Inclusion team, plus UK Music Diversity Taskforce Vice-Chair Paulette Long and representatives from the BPI, PPL, PRS for Music and The Ivors Academy.
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