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We use the term musicians who experience racism to collectively describe Black, Asian and minority ethnic musicians. Black, Asian and minority ethnic musicians face structural barriers such as racism, assumptions about capabilities based on stereotypes and a lack of representation across the music industry. These are just some of the issues musicians who experience racism face.

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Our Network is a space where people with shared identities and backgrounds can connect, network and make positive change across the MU and the music industry. The network ensures that the voices of members who experience racism are heard and that opportunities for activism and leadership are created. The network is open to all members from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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Explore the latest on the issues of racial discrimination in music.

MU Reacts to Reports of Abuse of Black Women By a Prominent DJ

Recent reports of Tim Westwood’s decades of abuse of Black women are yet another example of the power imbalances in the music industry that allow men to use their positions of power to abuse women over lengthy periods of time without consequence.

Published: 29 April 2022

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