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UK Music Responds to Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

UK Music issued statement in response to report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

London, 6th May 2021 UK Music has issued the following statement in response to the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities:

UK Music Statement

As we approach the vital devolved and Mayoral elections, UK Music has urged devolved leaders and candidates in Mayoral elections to back the music industry by supporting four key pledges.

UK Music, its members and Diversity Taskforce are united in our determination to increase diversity, representation and inclusion in the music industry and tackle the racism and inequality that evidence and experience tell us exist.

We are disappointed by the contents of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report. The report does not go far enough in recognising the extent of structural and systemic racism.

There are missed opportunities in not making ethnic pay gap reporting a legal requirement. The report also missed the chance to adequately reflect the lived experience of ethnically diverse communities in the music industry and across society.

We believe much more can and should urgently be done to tackle racism and boost diversity and inclusion.

We urge the Government to act at speed to implement the Commission’s recommendations where those recommendations echo proposals made in previous reports on this subject.

But the Government must also go further in addressing the racial and structural inequalities that persist across society.

Our industry also has much more to do, and we are taking steps on that journey with commitment and pace.

UK Music’s Ten-Point Plan, developed by our Diversity Taskforce and published last year, sets out one clear way forward. The blueprint is already being implemented across the music industry.

The Government should work to deliver real improvements with robust timelines, investment, key performance markers and accountability.

We would urge the Government to work with us to achieve meaningful and sustainable change to ensure our society is as diverse and inclusive as we are striving to make the UK music industry.

“It was extremely important for UK Music, its members and the Diversity Taskforce to come together to release this statement, to state our position very clearly on the areas of the CRED Report that we felt let down by. Systemic racism really does exist in the UK, our Diversity data evidences it. We need to properly acknowledge its existence, in the context of real lived experience of ethnic communities, in order to take action and respond by way of accountability and investment. To deny its existence is just not acceptable. As a creative sector, the music industry needs to do as much as it can to break down racism and systemic inequality and to do it at pace – Paulette Long – Vice-Chair of The UK Music Diversity Taskforce

 

“The government’s CRED Report has made a major retrograde step and fundamentally misses the opportunity to tackle racism, inequity and injustice. The UK Music statement outlines these missed opportunities and urges the government to take concerted action to create real lasting change. The UK Music Diversity Taskforce has a clear delivery plan that we hope will lead the way for other organisations and other sectors to adopt and make that step-change needed to truly represent and support the communities and audiences we serve. Our evidence and findings in the Diversity Report were clear – we have issues around systemic racism in the music industry and our Ten-point plan hopes to address some of these issues with metrics, but also with respect and values.” – Ammo Talwar MBE – Chair of The UK Music Diversity Taskforce

 

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UK Music is an industry-funded body, established in October 2008, to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry.