UK Music launches Equality & Diversity Charter

UK Music has today launched its Equality and Diversity Charter, calling on the industry to transform its approach to fairness and opportunity within the sector.

All founding members of UK Music, including PRS for Music and BASCA, have signed up to the charter, and many have published action plans for 2012. UK Music hopes to secure another 100 signatories throughout the year.

Participants will pledge to take simple, practical steps to improve equality and diversity within the industry, in a programme of engagement that echoes initiatives in other media industries.

The key points of UK Music’s charter are:

  • Recruiting from a wide talent pool
  • Improving equality and diversity at senior decision making levels
  • Participating in or running activities that promote equality and diversity in the industry
  • Sharing methods of increasing equality and diversity

Jo Dipple

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive at UK Music said: ‘Diversity is a massive asset for the UK music industry. Our creative talent and the audience who enjoy our music is, without doubt, diversity personified. Promoting that key strength to the companies and organisations in between can only be good for our business.

‘I also hope this charter will shine a light on some of the excellent initiatives already underway in the industry and inspire debate and discussion – whether that’s PRS For Music and the PRS For Music Foundation proactively funding works by female composers, KOKO improving disabled access to their venue and increasing their customer base in the process, Live Nation’s apprenticeship programme, AIM’s Women In Music events, or the MU’s backing of Arthritis Care and Love Music, Hate Racism.’

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive at PRS for Music, said: ‘PRS for Music is a strong supporter of UK Music’s Equality and Diversity Charter and any moves to encourage diversity within the industry.

‘As an organisation that represents songwriters and composers whatever their genre, we fully appreciate the richness cultural diversity can bring, both in terms of music creation and those working in the industry. An equal and diverse business will benefit us all.’

UK Music is the umbrella organisation that represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, from songwriters and composers, musicians, artists and studio producers, to music managers, music publishers, record labels, music licensing organisations and the live music sector. UK Music members are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music and the UK Live Music Group.

Visit UKMusic.org for more information.