“The upper ranks of the UK’s music industry are still “a man’s world”, with women in only 30% of senior executive roles despite making up more than half of entry-level positions,” starts the article by Hannah Ellis-Petersen in The Guardian, published on January 9.
“Keith Harris – who has worked with artists including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder – chaired the survey. He said the problem of a lack of diversity was self-perpetuating, as those in senior positions tended to promote people who were similar to them – mostly white men – and that it was time the cycle was broken. “This is damaging the industry at large because you don’t get the depth and breadth of opinion and background that you need,” he said. “People need to realise it’s not a matter of holding out a begging bowl for women and minorities in the business – it’s a matter of making people realise the industry is missing out by having such strict employment practices.”