Impala publishes its first diversity and inclusion charter
European independent music body Impala has adopted a new diversity and inclusion charter, which is the work of the diversity task force it set up in June this year amid the #TheShowMustBePaused movement. “Not discriminating...
October 21, 2020
Reshape Music report outlines challenges for disabled musicians
UK charity Youth Music has published a new report, Reshape Music, which explores the challenges facing disabled musicians 'in education and beyond'. It's the result of interviews with hundreds of musicians, music educators...
October 19, 2020
BPI launches its equality and justice advisory group
British music industry body the BPI has launched an equality and justice advisory group, which it says will "advise and challenge the BPI on matters initially focused on race and gender in order to further support and promote...
October 7, 2020
The evolution of podcasts: ‘I hope that the industry diversifies’
"I remember looking for podcasts hosted by Black people. I think I found four in the UK!" Renay Richardson is the CEO of podcast production company Broccoli Content, and also a prime mover behind the 'Equality in Audio...
September 28, 2020
Shesaid·so launches Patreon to ‘stay alive and independent’
We've written regularly about the activities of Shesaid·so, the community for women and gender minorities in the music industry, which was founded nearly six years ago. Now it has announced plans to launch a new community...
September 23, 2020
Spotify faces internal unrest over Joe Rogan’s old podcasts
Signing podcaster Joe Rogan to an exclusive deal certainly gave Spotify's share price a boost, but it's also created some internal headaches for the company. Vice has a story about some recent internal meetings with staff...
September 17, 2020
Recording Academy announces creation of Black Music Collective
The US society of music creators, the Recording Academy, has publicly aligned with #TheShowMustBePaused movement for a while and is now announcing its Black Music Collective, a group of prominent Black music creators. The...
September 4, 2020
#TheShowMustBePaused publish new list of demands and action steps
It’s been just over 90 days since the #TheShowMustBePaused black out, organised by Jamila Thomas of Atlantic Records and Brianna Agyemang of Platoon, forced the music industry to stop, reflect and take action against...
September 3, 2020
UK study explores class imbalances in the creative industries
A report published by the UK's Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre yesterday suggests that more needs to be done to open up these industries – music included – to people from working-class backgrounds. "Echoing...
August 28, 2020
Techstars Music goes virtual and promises founder diversity
The Techstars Music accelerator has announced its plans for 2021, including the addition of Amazon Music as a new 'member' partner. The program will also run entirely virtually for the first time when it kicks off on 16...
August 26, 2020
Report analyses gender disparity on UK radio stations
A new report has been looking at gender diversity through the lens of what gets onto the radio airwaves in the UK. The report, by Linda Coogan Byrne and Women in Ctrl, analysed the 20 most-played British artists on 31 UK...
August 24, 2020
Campaign aims to support Deaf and disabled people in UK music industry
British organisation Attitude is Everything focuses on accessibility in the live music sector. Now it's launching a new campaign called 'Beyond the Music' which aims to create more opportunities for Deaf and disabled people...
August 11, 2020