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UK Music launches latest diversity survey

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UK Music has launched its latest survey designed to track progress and boost diversity within the industry.

The biennial UK Music Workforce Diversity Survey focuses on those who work behind the scenes in the industry. It collates data from studios, management agencies, music publishers, education, major and independent record labels, music licensing companies and the live music sector.

Launched in 2016, the findings of the survey give the industry an insight into where improvements are needed regarding diversity and inclusion in the music business – and highlights where positive change is already under way.

The survey is open until February 29, with the results to be published later this year.

UK Music Interim chief executive Tom Kiehl said: “It’s important that we track the diversity of those that work behind the scenes in our industry.

“We need this data so we can identify where we are doing well and where we could improve.

“To get quality information we need people from across the industry and all over the UK to fill out the survey – so I urge everyone who can to take part and share with your colleagues as well.”

For the first time, UK Music will be offering a prize incentive for the survey, with a chance to win one of 5x £100 vouchers to spend at Prezzee.

Findings from the 2022 Survey

The 2022 Workforce Diversity Survey found an increase in the total number of women employees compared to the 2020 survey. 52.9% of individuals working in the music industry in 2022 identified as a woman, which rose from 49.6% in 2020. In the 2021 England and Wales census, women accounted for 51.0% of the population.

There was a decrease in the total number of employees from ethnically diverse communities compared to the 2020 survey results. Just over one fifth (21.04%) of individuals working in music identified as Black, Asian or from an ethnically diverse background. This was down from 22.3% two years previously. In the 2021 England and Wales census, some 18.3% of people said their ethnic group was non-white.

The 2022 survey revealed that parents and carers were underrepresented in the music industry (29.7% compared to 44% of UK working population).