New report paints a grim picture of diversity in the music industry


Yet the group’s new report, titled “Inclusion in the Music Business: Gender & Race / Ethnicity Across Executives, Artists & Talent Teams,” and sponsored by Universal Music Group, shows that women and people of color are poorly represented in the world. the power structure of the industry itself.

The variation between different levels of employment and industrial sectors is notable. Black executives fared best in record companies, accounting for 14.4% of all positions and 21.2% of artist and repertoire roles, or A&R, who tend to work most closely with the artists. Blacks occupy only 4% of management positions in radio and 3.3% in live music.

According to US census data, 13.4 percent of Americans identify as black.

Women posted their highest number of executives in the live music industry, holding 39.1% of positions. But the study found that most of these women were white. Even in record companies, where black executives were best represented, black women held only 5.3% of management positions.

The USC report is one of many ongoing efforts to examine the music industry and assess its progress in achieving stated diversity and inclusion goals. This week, the Black Music Action Coalition, a group of artist managers, lawyers and other insiders, is expected to release a “report card” on how the industry has met its own commitments to change.

Much of the data used in the USC report, the researchers said, came from publicly available sources, such as company websites. The report suggests that the lack of study participation by music companies was one reason.

“Companies have had the opportunity to participate and confirm information, especially from management teams,” the report said. “About a dozen companies have done it. The vast majority did not.

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