02.02.2024: UK Music’s Head of Diversity Eunice Obianagha welcomes new report which reveals growing role of women in music industry boardrooms.
Eunice joined industry leaders to celebrate the launch of the Seat at the Table 2024 report which found representation of women on music industry trade association boards has now surpassed 50%.
The event, hosted at PPL’s London HQ on Wednesday, was introduced by Women in CTRL Founder and CEO Nadia Khan, the author of the report.
The launch event also featured a keynote speech by Musicians’ Union general secretary Naomi Pohl, an interview with BPI Chief Executive Dr Jo Twist OBE, an overview and introduction to the report from Eunice Obianagha and a panel discussion Future Leaders: Take Action, Put Yourself Forward – hosted by Nadia which included BPI Chair YolanDa Brown OBE.
Speaking at the event, Eunice said: “As the focus of the today is all about championing women and us supporting each other, I want to begin by saying a massive thank you to Nadia & her team for amplifying this issue and making sure the topic truly stays on the table.
“I had the pleasure of collaborating with all the UK Music members that have contributed to this report.
“In my experience so far, Tackling diversity & the broader EDi agenda is not an easy task. We know as an industry we have some work to do, especially after that recent report by government around misogyny in music industry released earlier this week
“But today’s finding are more promising and what these figures show me is that being collectively strategic and focussed is paramount to real change.
“It shows me that if our collective work had stopped in 2020 we wouldn’t have got to 42% of women on these boards and equally If we’d stopped in 2021, we wouldn’t now be here with 52% of the board across these hugely influential organisations being women.
“We need to keep that sharp focus on gender not so we surpass others in the board room but so we retain seats and so where every we find ourselves in the music industry were treated fairly. This is not a social experiment, It just makes fiscal sense.
“So please keep supporting Women In Control, Keychange, Girls I Rate, She Said So, Girls of Grime, Saffron, Peak, Freelance Queens and all the platforms that keep women in mind and also please feel free to reach out to me about what we’re doing at UK Music.
“But more importantly keep doing all the great work each one of you does in your normal lives.”
The event was introduced by Women in CTRL Founder and CEO Nadia Khan and featured a keynote speech by Naomi Pohl (MU General Secretary) followed by a feature interview with Dr Jo Twist OBE (BPI Chief Executive), an overview and introduction to the report from Eunice Obianagha (Head of Diversity, UK Music), and a panel discussion Future Leaders: Take Action, Put Yourself Forward – hosted by Nadia which included BPI Chair YolanDa Brown OBE DL among the speakers.
The report launch was covered by: Music WeekBack to news