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By Andy Malt | Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

UK Music has released new statistics dividing the UK music workforce into ethnic groups. He found that the representation of black, Asian and other ethnic minorities has been strengthened at almost all levels, especially at the entry level. However, in managerial positions, employees are still disproportionately large.

Data shows that 12.6% of those surveyed at entry level identified themselves as black, but this dropped by almost half to 6.4% at the top level. People who identify as Asian accounted for 6.8% at entry level, but 4% at senior level. And people who identified as being of mixed ethnicity accounted for 8.1% at entry level and 5.3% at senior level. Meanwhile, those who identified as white made up 65.4% of entry-level jobs and 80.1% of senior-level jobs.

“This data is really important as this is the first time that UK Music has divided different ethnic groups into black, Asian and mixed race subgroups – rather than using that outdated and disrespectful catch-all term ‘BAME'” , said Chairman of the UK Musical Diversity Working Group Ammo Talwar. “It shows the value of dropping the expression ‘BAME’ when talking about different communities because now we have a lot more clarity on the different ethnic groups that make up the music industry.”

“Our UK Musical Diversity Working Group has a clear strategy in our ten point plan which we hope will pave the way for other organizations and other sectors to embrace,” he continues. . “We are determined to make the urgent changes necessary to properly represent and support the communities and audiences we serve.”

UK Chief Music Officer Jamie Njoku-Goodwin adds: “I know how hard the industry works on equality, diversity and inclusion. These are challenges not only for the music industry, but for society as a whole. In order for our business to reflect modern Britain and our audiences, we must continue to strive to ensure diversity at all levels and in all sectors of our industry ”.

The abandonment of the terms ‘BAME’ and ‘urban’ in the music industry was the first point of UK Music’s ten point plan to improve diversity which was mentioned there by Talwar and which was released in August. latest. See the full plan here.

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