The UK’s umbrella industry body, UK Music, has published its latest report on music industry diversity. Its findings highlight a mixture of progress made, and work still to do, as you’d expect.
There have been rises in the proportion of women in the industry (from 45.3% in 2016 to 49.6% in 2020) as well as for people who are Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (from 15.6% to 22.3%). The proportions for both increase considerably for younger age ranges too: 66.3% of 16-24 year olds in the industry are women, and 30.6% are Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority people.
Work still to do includes translating these trends to senior positions in the industry. “There is a steady decline in female representation as the career levels increase in seniority, suggesting that companies and organisations may need to look at policies to support diverse talent through their career path,” explained the report. And: “It is still the case that people from a Black, Asian or ethnic minority background are overrepresented at lower career levels and underrepresented at higher ones.” These may be the headlines, but the full report is worth reading: it digs into the data in much more depth, and also outlines a ten-point plan for the next steps forward.
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