UK independent-music trade body AIM is joining LGBT-equality charity Stonewall as one of its ‘diversity champions’, and hopes that other bodies and companies within the music industry will follow suit.

“Creating an inclusive and diverse workplace holds a huge amount of benefits for any business. Ensuring that LGBT staff feel free to be themselves at work will drive a number of key performance factors such as engagement and innovation, enabling LGBT staff to reach their full potential,” suggested AIM as it announced the partnership.

Among its plans: to encourage independent labels to “consider diversity in their recruitment, advertise on LGBT job sites and clearly display their organisation’s commitment to LGBT equality” – as well as providing support to help them do this.

“The independent sector is a diverse community in its very essence. Diversity is one of our greatest assets and I am proud to say that we have always been leaders in this area. However, it’s crucial that we don’t become complacent – there is still a lot of work to be done,” said CEO Paul Pacifico.

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