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Black Lives in Music Standing on the frontline of diversity in Jazz and Classical music Black Lives in Music Using data and insights to campaign for equity in the music industry Uniting organisations and musicians to create a truly inclusive and diverse music industry Black Lives in Music Supporting Black musicians in career progression sign our charter

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.

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The Data

Ethnic background of UK Conservatoire teaching staff

Out of 1,345 out of staff, only 28 – or around 2% – were from a Black, Asian or another ethnically diverse background.*

0 %
BAME
0 %
WHITE

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.

Data

(or lack of it)

100 %

There are no reports that focus on economics, social interactions and the well being of black musicians in the UK.

There currently is no data available that breakdowns the ethnic group. As non-whites referred to as ‘BAME’ and with no breakdown provided, it’s difficult to get the whole story and to see where the true problem areas are.

Most surveys are not completed in a safe space or in an 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

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. 

We

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

We

... support in the recruitment of Black people at senior management and board level in organisations

We

... capture trusted and robust data - this helps us to tell the complete story and provide an accurate reflection about the issues that affect Black and ethnically diverse creators using the data to campaign for change.

Benefits and impact of our work

We offer support to...

Orchestras and professional Ensembles

Universities

Conservatoires

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

sign 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.

our Partners

Arts Council England
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Leeds Conservatoire
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Marsden Jazz Festival
FAC
Lichfield Festival
Jazz North
Dare To Diva Productions
BMRU
Ivors Academy

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