The new charter, agreed by the Creative Industries Council (CIC), is designed to drive diversity across the creative sectors.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright unveiled the Diversity Charter and encouraged those involved in the creative industries to adopt its pledges.
UK Music welcomed the drive to improve diversity, and its chief executive Michael Dugher signed the charter on behalf of the industry body.
Michael Dugher says: ‘As a member of the Creative Industries Council, I was delighted to sign this important new Diversity Charter on behalf of UK Music and our members.
‘UK Music has a long-standing commitment to championing diversity and making our music industry as inclusive as possible. Our Diversity Taskforce, the chair of which sits on the UK Music Board, have campaigned hard for years to practical changes and our flagship Diversity Report surveys our entire industry, showing the progress that’s been made but where we still have a great deal more work to do.
‘The Creative Industries Council and the Government are to be congratulated on this latest important initiative. The Charter is a welcome step in helping give people from every background the best chance of forging a career in the UK music business which contributes £4.5 billion a year to the economy. Making sure our industry is as diverse as possible is not just the right thing to do – it’s also essential if we are to support our talent pipeline.’
Unveiling the charter at Pinewood Studios, Jeremy Wright commented: ‘The UK is a powerhouse for award-winning creativity enjoyed by millions globally.
‘But our Creative Industries cannot remain the preserve of the privileged, which is why we are helping to create new opportunities to develop a more diverse workforce.’
Read the Diversity Charter here.