“Jokes about skin colour, Africa, persistent questioning about where I really come from… Black women can’t make rock music, sexual comments about the size of my lips, etc., racial comments about my ‘crazy, unruly’ afro… too dark, too young, too slim for a Black singer, too old, we have a Black singer on our label…”
Just some of the quotes from a new report published by UK-based organisation Black Lives in Music, which has been surveying Black artists and industry people about their experiences of racism and discrimination at work.
63% of Black music creators have experienced direct or indirect racism in the music industry, as have 73% of Black music professionals. Meanwhile, 31% of creators and 36% of professionals believe their mental wellbeing has got worse since starting their careers in music.
The survey canvassed nearly 2,000 people’s opinions. “That is 2000 people hoping for genuine change. This is a first of its kind report which holds a mirror up to the UK music industry showing what it actually looks like,” said CEO Charisse Beaumont.
You can read the full report here.