63% of Black music makers have experienced racism in UK industry – study

Charisse Beaumont, the chief executive of Black Lives in Music

Charisse Beaumont, the chief executive of Black Lives in Music, says: ‘Change is needed across the entire music ecosystem.’ Photograph: –

Black Lives in Music is a body advocating for equal opportunities for Black people to work in the UK music industry without discrimination. The study is the first of its kind and intended to address the lack of data on the everyday reality for Black music personnel.

It surveyed 1,718 performers, creatives and industry staff. Sixty-four per cent of respondents were from Black, mixed and Asian ethnicities, working across genres and from grassroots to established levels. The majority (55%) lived in London, and 17% had a longstanding physical or mental impairment, condition, illness or disability.

“The data clearly shows change is needed across the entire music ecosystem, from grassroots education all the way up to record labels,” said the chief executive of Black Lives in Music, Charisse Beaumont. “I hope this report provokes change in the way we do our music business, which has greatly profited from Black talent.”

Further details:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/13/black-music-makers-uk-racism-industry-study-pay-gap-discrimination

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