The largest survey of black musicians and music industry professionals highlighted ‘troubling experiences of systemic and institutionalized racism’ in the UK music industry.
The survey was conducted with Opinium Research and focused on the experiences of black musicians and professionals in the industry.
Among the results, most of the people who participated in it experienced direct or indirect acts of racism while working in the music industry. The survey also found that black artists are granted fewer studios than white artists, and black artists are denied opportunities to perform at events and are asked to change the type of music they make.
One of the main findings is that 86% of black music makers agree that there are barriers to progress. That number rises to 89% for black women and 91% for disabled black designers.
The survey also found that 88% of black music professionals agree that there are barriers to progress, 73% experience direct / indirect racism, and 80% experience racial micro-aggression.
43% of black women music creators said they felt the need to change their appearance due to their race / ethnicity. About the same percentage of black women (42%) said their mental well-being had worsened since starting their music career.
Charisse Beaumont, managing director of Black Lives In Music, said such findings highlight “racist cultures and behavior” in the UK music industry.
“This is the first report of its kind which presents a mirror of the UK music industry showing what it really looks like,” Beaumont said. “The disparities faced by black creators and industry professionals are rooted in traditionalism and systemic racism.
“The report highlights racist culture and behavior in the workplace, financial barriers and lack of investment in black music creators and industry professionals unable to meet their career goals. The report also sheds light on which black women are most disadvantaged in all areas of the music industry and how all of these factors affect the mental health of black creators and industry professionals. It’s data, you can’t ignore it.
She added, “I hope industry leaders read this report and hear the voices of those who have spoken. I hope this report hints at a change in the way we run our music business that has benefited greatly from black talent. “
To read the survey results in full, click here.