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DIVERSITY OF INDIES STUDIED
5/31/22

IMPALA has released the results of its first diversity and inclusion survey of the independent music sector, finding that race and ethnicity are the biggest issue facing the biz, followed by gender and socio-economic factors.

The survey, which can be read here, had two key aims: Map best practices, local developments and projects regarding diversity and inclusion; and second, start building a basic picture of the sector’s diversity and key issues faced. It was directed to businesses and associations.

Keith Harris, adviser to IMPALA’s equity, diversity and inclusion task force, said: This is a learning process for the sector, and it’s encouraging to see the independents pushing on with their commitments. The most important thing is always to get started. One question we could add in the future would be if respondents feel that is there a business benefit in having a diverse workforce, or if they feel it is just the right thing to do. I encourage IMPALA to continue working on this and this report provides IMPALA with useful information to move forward.”

Funding and other support for projects emerged as a key need and IMPALA intends to ask the EC to develop more EU diversity-related funding opportunities to allow the sector to initiate change. IMPALA will also spread awareness on EU funding and make sure members know what is available.  The report also asks national associations to check if there are national funds and share the news, as well as push for more support. The sharing of best practices was also highlighted as a priority.

The results will serve as a good baseline to measure progress in the future as we do the work to foster a more diverse and inclusive music sector,” said Paul Pacifico, AIM CEO and IMPALA’s equity, diversity and inclusion task force’s co-chair.