The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has teamed up with Stonewall, the UK’s principal charity for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans equality, as a Diversity Champion and is encouraging the industry to join them in fighting for better inclusivity and representation.
Stonewall’s research highlights that 35 percent of LGBT people in the UK continue to hide the fact that they are LGBT in the workplace for fear of discrimination.
AIM intends to support its members and create an inclusive environment through their new partnership with Stonewall.
They have committed to recruiting diverse talent and will distribute best-practice guidelines to its members to
further LGBT equality within the organisation.
AIM will also initiate Empowerment Programmes for its membership with a view to challenging homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying and improving inclusion.
Paul Pacifico, chief executive officer, AIM says: ‘The independent sector is a diverse community in its very essence. Diversity is one of our greatest assets and I am proud to say that we have always been leaders in this area. However, it’s crucial that we don’t become complacent – there is still a lot of work to be done. Through our partnership with Stonewall, we will be offering advice, information and practical steps for our members to help improve LGBT equality, get the best out of their staff and improve their business.
‘We hope the wider industry will recognise the need for progression in this area, and join us in doing what they can to improve the culture of acceptance and inclusivity in the world of music.’
Vicky Hayden, head of private sector memberships, Stonewall added: ‘It’s so important that we’re now working with AIM. We need everyone involved in independent music to feel included and welcome.’