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Black Lives in Music are honoured to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award for 2021! It would be awesome if you spare a moment of your time to vote for us.

Voting closes 7th June at 12pm.

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Our Mission

We are at the vanguard of the effort to combat racism, uniting organisations and musicians to create a truly inclusive and diverse music industry.

We use data and insights to campaign for equity and we support the empowerment of Black musicians to realise their aspirations.

The Data

Being Black
in the UK
Music Industry

Earlier this year, Black Lives in Music commissioned a survey on the personal experience of Black music creators and industry professionals.  The survey engaged with nearly 2,000 respondents.  The subsequent report now published has produced key information and an insight into the experience of the Black professionals in today’s music industry. 

Ethnic background of UK Conservatoire teaching staff

Out of 1,345 members of staff, only 28 – or around 2% – were from a Black, Asian or other ethnically diverse backgrounds.*

0 %
0 %

Mental Health

0 %
of musicians suffer with mental health
1 x more
African Caribbean communities are three times more likely to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for a severe long-term mental health conditions than any other group.


(or lack of it)

100 %

There is no data or report that spotlights the Black Musicians’ experience such as economics, social interactions, education to talent pipeline and well being.

Organisations are rarely held to account concerning data insights and recommendations. To ensure these same organisations continue to receive funding there is a tick box, tokenistic mentality with the promotion of Black people from entry level to mid-management roles. There are almost no appointments in senior management roles.

Most surveys are not completed in a safe space or in anonymous fashion therefore people of colour rarely participate due to a lack of trust.

Our Solution

Supporting Change from Within

Black Lives in Music support the music community to act on and achieve diversity and inclusion objectives for a truly representative music industry.

Supporting organisations in the development of a balanced professional ensemble with people of colour

Recruitment of people of colour representing senior management/board level

Trusted DEI data capture

Mentoring programmes and support for the progression of Black musicians into professional ensembles

Benefits and impact of our work

We offer support to...

Orchestras and professional Ensembles



Opera, Theatres, Venues, Festivals, Trade Bodies and more...

our Charter

To enable music organisations to reflect the nation’s diverse culture and to combat systemic racism in the music industry, we have created a 10-step digital charter which we expect all music organisations to agree to meet. Sign up to our charter now and join us by becoming a member of Black Lives in Music today.

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