UK Music reports increase in sector-wide diversity

UK Music has published its latest 2020 Workforce Diversity Survey as part of its UK Music Diversity Report 2020. The survey finds that representation of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities among those aged 16-24 in the music industry is at a record high of 30.6%, up from 25.9% in 2018.

UK Music is an industry-led organisation which represents the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry. It launched the Workforce Diversity Survey in 2016 to track progress to boost diversity and inclusion in the UK’s music industry.

The survey gathers data from all sectors of the music industry and provides insight into where improvements are needed to support and increase diversity and inclusion, as well as reporting on where positive change is underway.

The survey found:

  • An 11.4% increase in the number of people from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities at entry-level positions – from 23.2% in 2018 to 34.6% in 2020.
  • An increase in the number of women from 45.3% in 2016 to 49.6% in 2020.
  • An increase in the representation of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities at senior executive levels has risen from 17.9% in 2018 to 19.9%.

In addition to the survey and report, UK Music has also developed a 10-point plan to help the music business lead the drive to tackle racism and boost diversity in the country.

Read the UK Music Diversity Report 2020.