UK Music has joined forces with Intern Aware, to launch an Internship Code of Practice for music companies and young people.
The code will help employers understand their role and duty when hiring an intern, and importantly show them their responsibilities in terms of pay and tenure.
The guide also provides potential interns with information about what they can expect when joining a music company, to safeguard them against poor quality and unpaid positions.
Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills at UK Music said; “Music is one of the UK’s strongest cultural assets, to maintain our standing, we must ensure that our businesses are filled with the most talented people, constantly refreshed from the widest pool of creative talent. Internships are a fantastic way for a young person to get their foot in the door, but we must attract and retain people from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Diversity is a necessity, not an option. Our research shows that despite common myths, people perceive music as an open industry. This means we must ensure that music companies offer paid internships to maximise the number of candidates applying to any role. The policies and advice in this guide will ensure that employers respect every young person for their talent and not their ability to work for free. Adherence to this code will benefit both the employers and the intern.”
Gus Baker Co-Director of Intern Aware said; “Unpaid internships make access to the music industry exclusive and rule out talented young people who can’t afford to work for free. We are delighted to be supporting UK Music’s fantastic new guidance which will help ensure fair access to the music business.”