UK Music welcomes new charter to boost diversity in the music industry

04.07.2019: UK Music has welcomed a new charter to improve diversity across the creative industries.

UK Music has welcomed a new charter to improve diversity across the creative industries.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright unveiled the charter as those involved in the creative industries were encouraged to adopt the charter, agreed by the Creative Industries Council (CIC).

 

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said:

“As a member of the Creative Industries Council, I was delighted to sign this important new Diversity Charter on behalf of UK Music and our members.

“UK Music has a long-standing commitment to championing diversity and making our music industry as inclusive as possible. Our Diversity Taskforce, the chair of which sits on the UK Music Board, have campaigned hard for years to practical changes and our flagship Diversity Report surveys our entire industry, showing the progress that’s been made but where we still have a great deal more work to do.

“The Creative Industries Council and the Government are to be congratulated on this latest important initiative. The Charter is a welcome step in helping give people from every background the best chance of forging a career in the UK music business which contributes £4.5 billion a year to the economy. Making sure our industry is as diverse as possible is not just the right thing to do - it’s also essential if we are to support our talent pipeline”.

 

Unveiling the charter at Pinewood Studios, Culture Secretary Mr Wright said:

“The UK is a powerhouse for award-winning creativity enjoyed by millions globally.

"But our Creative Industries cannot remain the preserve of the privileged, which is why we are helping to create new opportunities to develop a more diverse workforce."

 

You can read more about UK Music’s work on diversity here, including our 2018 report on diversity in the music industry, which you can read here.

Read the Diversity Charter here.

More information about the new diversity charter is available here on the Creative Industries Council (CIC) website. 

 

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