Black Lives in Music Survey: Reveals systemic racism in UK Music Industry

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

14 Oct 2021

The Black Lives in Music Survey the largest ever survey of data focused on the experiences of black musicians and industry professionals released its report, finding “disturbing experiences of systemic and institutionalised racism” in the UK Music Industry.

Working together with Opinium Research participants corroborated the long held understanding that most black artist in the UK were subject to direct/indirect acts of racism within the industry.

One of the key findings of the survey saw 57% of black music creators express that they had seen white contemporaries promoted ahead of them despite being more qualified

A staggering 86% of black creators agreed they faced barriers to progression with the issue being more acute in regards to black women at 89% and even higher to 91% for disabled black creators.

The findings also concluded that 35% of all Black music creators have felt the need to change their appearance because of their race/ethnicity, rising to 43% of Black women

Charisse Beaumont, Chief Executive of Black Lives in Music spoke on the report:

“You cannot change what you cannot measure. Nearly 2000 people responded to our survey on ‘The lived experience of Black music creators and industry professionals in the UK music industry’. tippmix radar That is 2000 people hoping for genuine change. This is a first of it’s kind report which holds a mirror up to the UK music industry showing what it actually looks like,”

She added: “The disparities Black creators and industry professionals are faced with is rooted in traditionalism and systemic racism.  The report highlights racist culture and behaviours in the workplace, financial barriers and lack of investment in Black music creators, and industry professionals unable to reach their career goals. tippmix fogadas The report also spotlights Black women being the most disadvantaged across all areas of the music industry and how all of these factors affect the mental health of Black creators and industry professionals. ingyen letölthető nyerőgépes játékok kockás

“This is data, you cannot ignore it.”

To read the report in full click here.