New study exposes systemic and institutionalised racism in British music industry

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A new study of Black music creators and music industry professionals has exposed systemic and institutionalised racism in the UK music industry, with 3 in 5 (63%) black musicians revealing that they’ve experienced racism directly or indirectly. In addition, 88% of all Black music professionals agree that there are barriers to progression within the industry.

Published by the Black Lives In Music organisation, the damning report issued today, October 13, is based on the findings of a survey of almost 2000 individuals working in music in the UK, and highlights a range of discriminatory acts and “sometimes hostile working environments” in the business.

The survey found Black artists granted less studio time than their white counterparts, refused event performance opportunities and being told to change the type of music they create. Black female artists in particular have been told by management companies and labels that they need to assimilate to white/euro-centric standards as they do not know how to market a Black female artist.


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