“Power Up was created as a result of Black Out Tuesday and a year on with more than 500 applicants it is amazing to see the participant network become a reality. I’m excited for all of the participants.
Whilst I’m happy to see the conversations that have begun since Black Out Tuesday, it is important to recognise we still have a long way to go. With the launch of the participant programme we can help support talent break through the glass ceiling but it also allows us to focus on the Power Up Movement. Ensuring that we work with like minded organisations to collect the data in the hope to help the industry becomes a fairer and more equitable place for all.
This moment also allows us to announce the Power Up Pledge where we will be asking companies and organisations to sign up to a pledge to achieve certain targets by 2025 the details of which we will release later this year.
It is great to see so many companies and organisations stick to their promises of investing in very worthy and important black causes from education, to historical archives and ensuring more black talent can find pathways into the music industry.
However, in some quarters there does still seems to be an impasse on progression routes and how to break the glass ceiling, meaning that whilst there is investment and action taking place at a grass roots level, we could find ourselves in a similar situation ten years from now asking how do we break the glass ceiling and create progression routes. I for one would love to see the major labels engage with Power Up so that we can work with them to define a clear strategy on how to achieve this and also to share with them some of the horrific stories of marginalisation, micro-aggressions and overt racism faced by applicants whilst in employment at these major institutions so that we can put an end to these incidents.
Until we address the issues at every level from grass roots to boardroom we will not have a fair and equitable industry for all”.
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