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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

What we do

The committee discusses on many areas including:

  • Equality and diversity issues relating to musicians working across the music industry.
  • Celebrating and encouraging diversity, promoting equality and challenging inequalities.
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing the MU’s equality and diversity strategies.
  • Developing and reviewing equality and diversity negotiations on an industrial scale.
  • Raising awareness of equality and diversity issues through events and publications.

The MU attends the Trade Union Congress's (TUC) four annual Equality Conferences, where they are able to submit motions on a range of issues from parental rights to opportunities for BAME musicians and greater provisions for mental health services. 

The MU has addressed equality and diversity issues through a series of events that raise awareness, promote debate and instigate change. Past events include:

  • The closure of LGBT+ venues
  • Sexism in the music industry and how women have faced those challenges head on
  • Diversity in orchestras, the challenges BAME musicians face and simple steps the industry can take to overcome them
  • Surveying Deaf and disabled musicians about accessibility

These issues are not something we just discuss once a year during history months. The MU works throughout the year on points raised in the discussions, and develops strategies and campaigns to highlight and deal with the problems.

What can you do?

The MU is committed to building a membership that truly reflects the diversity of musicians working in the UK with the aim of having parity of representation across our membership.

A full and diverse membership is essential to effect change and create a music industry where every individual is given an equal chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.  

If you’re passionate about bringing about change and tackling discrimination, or you’d like to discuss any other matter related to equalities, contact John Shortell on 020 7840 5506 or email equalities@themu.org

Equalities news

In this special guest-blog from MU member and session pianist and vocalist Henry Newbury (winner of Pride’s Got Talent) talks about his personal experience in establishing a career as a professional musician.

PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative has now opened up to organisations within the music industry, having previously focused on music festivals and major events.

English National Opera (ENO) are recruiting five new string players from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background in a positive effort to ensure their Orchestra more fairly reflects our society.

Over 48% of Musicians’ Union members surveyed have experienced sexual harassment at work. Shockingly, a third of those people say their harassment was related to a protected characteristic, and another 21% said they were not sure.