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.
in the UK
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.*
(or lack of it)
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.
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.