UK independent & major record labels association the BPI can announce details of the 20 record labels and music companies that are now BPI members under the BPI Membership Inclusion Programme – a new initiative which aims to remove barriers to entry to the music industry for small labels and music companies run by individuals from diverse backgrounds that may not always have been served by the industry.
The 20 labels and music companies are either owned or run by individuals from underrepresented categories – including women, people from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, people with disabilities, or those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and each receive a free BPI membership for a year and all the benefits this entails1.
Seven of the labels and music companies are run or owned by women or those who identify as non-binary, while sixteen are run or owned by individuals from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. Five are those with disabilities, and two identify as LGBTQIA+. See list below.
Benefits of BPI membership include: free access to the BPI’s acclaimed training and education (close to 50 staged in 2020 covering everything from digital marketing to understanding copyright); international business and conference opportunities; trade mission webinars in support of exports and business growth; BPI events such as Insight Sessions, as well as access to partner events at discounted prices; possible legal support and access to copyright protection; research and market insights; government relations engagement; access to the tech startup community via the Music & Tech Springboard Programme; digital and communications support; and more – full details here.
Casandra Strauss, BPI Senior Special Projects Manager, said: “As part of the BPI's ongoing commitment to equality and inclusion, we are delighted to welcome 20 exciting new labels to the Membership Inclusion Programme, and offer them the opportunity to upskill, network and grow their businesses with our support. We look forward to seeing these companies grow into powerhouses, with their founders becoming industry leaders over time; and we feel privileged to be part of their journey.”
Labels joining the BPI’s membership under the programme are:
The BPI Membership Inclusion Programme complements other BPI initiatives aimed at encouraging greater diversity and inclusion across the music community – including the BRITs Apprentice Scheme, BPI’s Equality Training Programme2, and the BPI Equality & Justice Advisory Group3, which was established earlier this year, drawing members from The BRITs Diversity Advisory Group set up in 2016.