First results presented of the research into diversity and inclusion within the electronic music industry

The first-ever independent research into inclusion and diversity within the electronic music industry was presented by Sarah Hildering and Samatha Warren at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. The intention is to present research into diversity and inclusion annually and compare annual results to see how the balance and equality in the music industry are progressing. Though a lot of previous research has focused on live music, what happens behind closed doors is rarely highlighted. The presented research focuses on the distribution, publishing, and recording sectors of the music industry.  It clearly demonstrates how the gender imbalance in the music industry is present: it addresses the percentage of women in organizations, minority experiences in the workplace, fair pay, bullying, harassment, and whether people feel taken seriously for the job they perform. Moreover, the first global Code of Conduct was introduced for music professionals and companies to adopt. This Code of Conduct offers guidance in raising the standards and eventually aims to eliminate discrimination, imbalance, bullying, and harassment in the music industry.

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