British industry body UK Music has published the results of its first workforce diversity survey, which canvassed nearly 3,000 employees from labels, publishers, management companies, collecting societies and live firms.
Among its positive findings: BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation in the industry stands at 15.6%, higher than the 12.8% proportion of the UK population. Meanwhile, the overall gender split within the industry is 53.6% men and 45.3% women.
However, The Guardian has been digging below the surface of these latter figures, noting that women accounted for 60% of interns and 59% of entry-level business roles, but only 30% of senior executive positions.
“I’m embarrassed to be in an industry with those statistics,” said Tara Richardson of management firm Q Prime. “Yes, it’s a pretty impossible environment to work in when you have children, particularly if you need to be going out to gigs at night, so that is a factor here. But there tends to be a lot more of that ego-led front with men in music and its an industry that still rewards and promotes that arrogance.”