The MU condemns racism in all its forms wherever it exists. No-one should be subjected to racist abuse for expressing their views about a piece of music that's suitability in a modern concert is debated every year that the Proms programme is announced.
We extend our solidarity to Sheku Kanneh-Mason and others experiencing racism at this time.
Silence from witnessing parties is complicity
The BBC has a duty of care towards Black and Global Majority musicians, and the MU calls on the BBC to condemn the racism faced by Black and Global Majority musicians speaking out about the ongoing inclusion of Rule Britannia.
Where someone experiences racism in a public forum or reports of racism are made public, silence from witnessing parties is complicity.
These musicians work across the music industry in various capacities and have the right to safe workplaces free from racism and discrimination.
Anti racism work can and must challenge traditions
The MU will be contacting the BBC directly to discuss the support musicians who experience racism are receiving, and what measures are in place to prevent racism at work.
Anti racism work can and must challenge traditions. We must listen to those who have lived experience of racism and marginalisation, and not invalidate their lived experience by dismissing or not addressing concerns.
Any MU member who experiences racism at work should contact their regional office for advice and support.