The BPI are delighted to announce the second event in its BPI Equality Sessions series, ‘Celebrating Pride’, on June 30th at 4pm. The free online session will hear from a range of diverse voices drawn from across the music industry and the wider LGBTQIA+ community.
We are pleased to announce two more acclaimed trans activists have joined our discussions - see details below.
As Pride Month draws to a close, the session will include a series of panels, focusing on how we can work towards further progress through trans and nonbinary inclusivity, issues that continue to be a challenge, and what it is like to be out and proud in the music industry.
The BPI Equality Sessions are designed to shine a light on inspirational figures who are making a difference in their fields and paving the way for new generations to thrive in a more diverse and inclusive music business. The first session, titled ‘International Women’s Day: Women in the Music Industry’, took place on March 8th and featured speakers from all corners of the music community who shared their personal experiences.
‘Celebrating Pride’ is free to attend for all those currently working, or looking to work in the music industry, and you can secure your place here.
Event Chair: MJ Olaore - Chief Operating Officer, BPI
Discussion Panel: Working Towards Further Progress: Trans & Nonbinary Inclusivity
Rico Jacob Chace - LGBTQIA+ and Black Rights Activist, Board Member of TransActual UK, Founder of "Against Racism"
Jude - Public Speaker, Consultant and Model
Charlie Craggs - Trans Activist, Author and Media Personality
Helen Belcher - Activist, Politician and Director at TransActual
Chair: Mars West – Artist Relations Co-ordinator/Freedom Chair, Sony Music UK
Discussion Panel: Out & Proud in the Music Industry
Darina Connolly - Head of Label Partnerships (UK), TikTok
Paul Bonham - Accelerator Programme Manager, MMF
Gennaro Castaldo – Director of Communications, BPI
Kieran George – Label Manager, Artist & Label Services, The Orchard
Chair: Porsche Smith – HR Business Partner, Sony Music UK & LGBTQIA+ Representative, BPI Equality & Justice Advisory Group