Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Black Lives in Music: new organisation, new survey, new video series

Black Lives in Music
Research from Arts Council England has shown that of leadership roles occupied by employees at almost 100 of its leading National Portfolio Organisations, only 10% of Chief Executives, 11% of Senior Managers, 11% of Chairs, and 15% of board members were from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. But is currently no data about the experience and everyday reality for Black musicians in the UK.

Now a new advocacy organisation,  Black Lives in Music (BLiM) is aiming to change that and is currently running a survey looking at the issues Black creatives faces in multiple areas including racial discrimination, mental health, well-being and economic disparity. The survey is on-line at https://blim.org.uk/change and they are appealing for as many black musicians as possible to fill in the survey, which closes on 16 May 2021.

BLiM is a new advocacy organisation founded in March 2021 to address racial inequality in the music industry and create opportunities for Black musicians and professionals launches today. A part of this, it has launched a new video series, A Celebration of Black Music.The series welcomes different guests each week discussing their experiences as Black artists, from how they got into music and began their careers, to their thoughts on the future of Black lives in the music industry. The first episode features composer, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter Johnson and 2018’s BBC Young Jazz Musician winner Xhosa Cole, and the second episode features Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016’s BBC Young Musician Award winner, with band leader Shabaka Hutchings, music psychologist and researcher Natasha Hendry and musician Jake Isaac to come.

Full details from the BLiM website.


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