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‘Slow steady progress’ for business diversity

23 January 2019

THE NUMBER of young women starting out in the live music industry has increased by 10 per cent over the past two years, according to a diversity survey commissioned by UK Music.

The percentage of women aged 16 to 24 working in the business rose from 54.6 per cent in 2016 to 65.3 per cent in 2018, with the overall proportion of women rising to 49.1 per cent from 45.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation was up from 15.6 per cent in 2016 to 17.8 per cent in 2018.

Keith Harris, chairman of umbrella organisation UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce, says, “Things are changing for the better. Progress has been slow but steady.

“We are continuing to keep our focus on ethnicity and sex as the most obvious indicators that things are changing, while remembering that diversity in the industry is about much more than that, with socio-economic background being among the important, but often neglected areas which needs attention.”

Launched in 2016, the annual report collated data from across the music business, from almost 3,000 people who responded.

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