Supporting Black Lives in Music

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Black musicians and professionals, we need you! There is currently no data on Black musicians in the UK. This means many Black creatives in the industry have been denied opportunities and with no formal platform to have a voice, who can really hear us? You can change that. 

GMIA have partnered with BLiM to gather data from our community to promote change across the music industry. Let’s come together to share our stories, to make a change. Complete survey at https://blim.org.uk/change/

Q. What is Black Lives in Music?

Black Lives in Music (BLiM) is an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of racial inequality in the music sectors, more information on BLiM website: https://blim.org.uk

Q. What is BLiM’s main goal?

To work alongside organisations, music coalitions and steering groups – comprising music executives, musicians and influencers – to dismantle systemic racism and create structural change within the UK music industry and create opportunities and a culture where Black musicians and creators can thrive.

Q. What are BLiM’s aims?

  • Be a catalyst for meaningful change and meaningful action towards a genuine diverse community within music.
  • Provide meaningful opportunities at grassroots level for Black musicians to aspire to be part of the wider talent pool
  • Support and empower Black artists to realise their ambitions
  • Advocate for equality for the careers of musicians and the music industry workforce

Q. How does BLiM aim to achieve this?

  • Using data and insights gathered from ground-breaking research collected via the BLiM Experience survey. #TheBlackMusicCensus
  • Supporting the empowerment of Black musicians to realise their aspirations by offering mentoring, support and opportunities.
  • Through a 10-step digital charter which will enable music organisations to reflect the nation’s diverse culture and to combat systemic racism in the music industry. 
  • By assigning a BLiM Relationship Manager to work collaboratively with each organisation to ensure it meets the standard for diversity and inclusion set out in the BLiM charter and report

Q. What is the Black Lives in Music Experience Survey?

The Black Lives in Music Experience Survey is the first ever survey of its kind to research the lives of Black musicians, professionals and music creators in the UK.

The survey will capture data in the areas of well-being, economics, racial discrimination, mental health, and the education to talent pipeline and use the results to campaign for equality.

It will then use the quality data and advocacy to create pathways and opportunities for Black musicians and music creators in the music industry.

There is currently no data that exists that highlights Black musicians’ experiences within the UK music industry.

Q. Why is there a need for BLiM?

BLiM believes there are very few opportunities for Black people to succeed in all areas and levels of the music business and across all genres with problems beginning at grass roots level. It believes that positive action is needed to help young people be successful in the music industry and unless issues are addressed this will affect the future pool of talented aspiring musicians and music creators.

 

Q. What organisations does BLiM work with?

Orchestras and professional ensembles, universities, conservatoires, opera, theatre, venues, festivals, trade bodies and other musical establishments and organisations.

Q. Who is on the BLiM taskforce?

The BLiM taskforce comprises some of the most esteemed Black executives in the UK working for diversity and equality in music. Amongst them are Orphy Robinson MBE, Shabaka Hutchings, Paulette Long OBE, Cleveland Watkiss MBE, Yvette Griffith and James Joseph.

For further info: https://blim.org.uk/task-force/ 

Q. Who are BLiM’s partners?

BLiM partners include Spotify; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Help Musicians UK; Arts Council England; London Mozart Players; Trinity Laban; Leeds Conservatoire; PRS Foundation; The Ivors Academy; Musicians Union; Featured Artists Coalition; Manchester Jazz Festival; Jazz North; Marsden Jazz Festival; Litchfield Jazz Festival; The Black Music Coalition, Gospel Music Industry Association.

Q How does BLiM want musicians, music professionals and music creators to get involved?

By completing the Black Lives in Music Experience Survey blim.org.uk/change

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