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To mark European Diversity Month, IMPALA is conducting the first European diversity and inclusion survey for the independent music sector. IMPALA’s diversity task force worked hand in hand with associations and advisers such as Keith Harris OBE, Vick Bain from vbain consulting and Arit Eminue from DiVA Apprenticeships to move forward with this survey, which IMPALA will undertake on a regular basis.

IMPALA’s survey is the first of twelve commitments in its diversity and inclusion charter released last October. The survey will map best practices, local developments and projects regarding diversity and inclusion in the independent music sector in Europe. IMPALA’s aim is to understand the position of diversity and inclusion in different countries and what tools exist or could be useful in the future.

European Diversity Month 2021 started last week. The European commission invited “all organisations in Europe to take a stand for diversity and act about it”. During the month, events are being organised to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

IMPALA’s task force is doing a special programme in May. As well as surveying members, IMPALA is promoting diversity and inclusion through its charter, and podcast series, including with the co-chair of IMPALA’s task force. Later in May, IMPALA will release practical guidance for members and will close the month with a roundtable discussion with MEWEM, a mentoring programme godmothered by Helen Smith, IMPALA’s executive chair.

Eva Karman Reinhold, co-chair of IMPALA’s diversity task force and chair of Swedish association SOM added: “It’s great to see this survey online, we invested a lot of time and effort to design it and we’ve been working on this for a while now. I’m happy to see that associations have really got involved in the process and we have received great advice from Keith, Vick and Arit. I hope the input we receive from this new tool inspires us for future action!”

Keith Harris OBE, adviser of IMPALA’s diversity task force added: “IMPALA have committed significant time and energy into devising a diversity and inclusion strategy that works across its broad membership. This survey is a very important step along the way.”

Helen Smith, Executive chair of IMPALA concluded: “We ask all independents across Europe to complete our survey so we can collect useful data and share best practices within Europe. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle diversity issues, each territory needs to adapt according to their own situation and European diversity month is a great opportunity to highlight our work.”

 

IMPALA’s broader diversity work

IMPALA has a task force working on this vital area to implement a more structured approach around the provisions of the EU charter of fundamental rights. Below are some of the milestones for IMPALA diversity task force, including its programme for European Diversity Month:

- Release of IMPALA diversity and inclusion charter.

- Diversity advocates appointed in IMPALA’s board and committees to mainstream diversity and inclusion in all aspects of IMPALA’s work.

- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training programme led by Vick Bain and Arit Eminue for IMPALA members available twice a year.

- Launch of first cross border diversity survey for the European sector.

- Association network exchange best practices on diversity and inclusion.

- Guidance for members to help them work on diversity locally, to be released later this month.

- 20MinutesWith podcast guests will focus on diversity and inclusion in May. Check out the latest podcast with Eva Karman Reinhold here.

- IMPALA highlighted 20 women contributing to IMPALA’s work in the last twelve months through a dedicated statement on International Women’s Day.

- IMPALA’s Helen Smith is MEWEM France’s godmother this year, a mentorship project for women in the music industry. This is a great example of best practice and empowerment. We are also promoting with a roundtable session on 28 May to close our diversity month programme. Find out more about MEWEM here.

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18 Jun 2021

  • David Guetta strikes partnership with Warner Music (see Business)

  • Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy (see Features)

17 Jun 2021

  • Sony launches global podcast division; acquires Somethin’ Else (see Business)

  • Darcus Beese joins Warner Music (see Business)

  • Spotify launches live audio app Greenroom (see Digital)

  • Hipgnosis aims to raise £150m (see Business)

16 Jun 2021

  • Ditto Music Publishing launches (see Business)

  • BPI figures show success of UK sales and streams overseas (see Analysis)

15 Jun 2021

  • Venues and clubs face further challenges as easing of Covid restrictions postponed (see News) 

  • Vivendi shareholders could disrupt Bill Ackman's investment in Universal (see Business)

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    14 Jun 2021

    • Sony Music to waive unrecouped debts for pre-2000 acts (see Business)

    • Government expected to announce ongoing restrictions; impact on live industry anticipated (see News)

    • IMPALA calls for reciprocal treatment, domestic US performance rights and warns of €125m transfer away from Europe (see News)

    11 Jun 2021

    • Elton John warns MPs "a generation of talent" could be lost due to post-Brexit touring issues (see News)

    • Roblox insists that it does not tolerate copyright infringement (see Digital)

    • Crispin Hunt on why streaming payments must be in line with radio royalties (see Opinion)

    10 Jun 2021

    • Roblox hit with $200m+ lawsuit from NMPA alleging unauthorised song use (see News)

    09 Jun 2021

    • [PIAS] and Universal Music Group announce global alliance (see Business)

    • The relationship between an artist's Spotify followers and their monthly listeners explored (see Analysis)

    08 Jun 2021

    • Apple Music launches spatial audio and lossless audio playback, plus SharePlay (see Digital)

    • European songwriters criticise the slow pace of Copyright Directive adoption (see News)