The latest attempt to help the music industry diversify its workforce – senior management included – is the Diverse Representation Music Database. It’s a partnership in the US between Diverse Representation and Color of Change, and will include profiles and CVs for hundreds of Black music industry professionals.
The database is designed to be used by labels, streaming services, agencies and other companies in the industry when scouting for new hires.
“From studio engineers to marketing professionals to art directors to attorneys, this database covers the entire swath of roles in the music industry,” said Diverse Representation president Jaia Thomas. “For years companies have claimed how difficult it is to find a qualified Black candidate. Those claims become null and void with the release of this database.”
Color of Change senior director of communications Amity Paye described it as “a necessary tool that will help end the music industry’s decades-long history of discrimination and exclusion of Black professionals”.