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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

Double Bassist Leon Bosch discusses his personal experiences of racism in classical music in a recent episode of Talking Classical, which you can listen back to online.

For Refugee Week, we asked you to share songs you love in another language, about home, about displacement or imagining a different future.

Our Education and Equalities Officer, Rose Delcour‑Min, discusses how supporting the present and future of LGBTQ rights must involve recognising the ways that sexuality, gender and race intersect.

Windrush Day on Monday 22 June, is a time to celebrate the huge contributions of the Windrush generation and there has never been a more important time to celebrate.