Women in Ctrl studies diversity progress of UK music bodies


UK-based Women in Ctrl is one of the organisations campaigning for the music industry to be more diverse and inclusive at its highest levels.

One of its initiatives is its ‘Seat At The Table’ report, first published in July 2020, analysing the diversity of 12 British music industry bodies. Women In Ctrl has just published a year-on follow-up report to assess progress. It found that 42% of board members across those 12 bodies are women, up from 34% last year. The number of women chairs has grown from one to three in that time, while the number of women CEOs has stayed at three (so 27% in both cases, now).

Meanwhile, the number of board seats at these bodies held by Black women has grown from five to 11, but that is still just 6% of the overall seats. “I commend those organisations that have taken steps towards real change, and it’s promising to see. But our work is far from done, the stats are still stark, and a far way off true equality,” said founder Nadia Khan. “True diversity goes beyond female representation to minority groups, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and education. Let’s try to fix the system and have real conversations.”

You can read the full report here.

Written by: Stuart Dredge