The MIA is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Black Lives In Music. Black Lives In Music launched in March 2021 with the mission to amplify and empower black musicians and professionals.
Black Lives In Music (BLIM) was co-founded by music branding, marketing and management expert and Help Musicians trustee Charisse Beaumont, alongside musician and teacher Roger Wilson, who has worked with James Brown, Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball and more.
BLIM’s key goals are to act as a catalyst for meaningful change, provide opportunities for musicians at grassroots level, support and empower black artists and advocate for equality in the music industry.
The organisation has devised a 10-step digital charter urging music organisations to agree to fight systemic racism and reflect the diversity of the British population. Orphy Robinson MBE, Shabaka Hutchings, Paulette Long OBE, Cleveland Watkiss MBE, Yvette Griffith and James Joseph are among the names on the BLIM taskforce. BLIM partners include Arts Council England, Musician’s Union, PRS Foundation, Spotify and Trinity Laban.
The MIA has partnered with Black Lives in Music to help to transform and future proof our industry, and support BLIM in their mission to advocate for equality for the careers of musicians and the music industry workforce.
Tom Farncombe, MIA Director and Chair of MIA’s Accessibility Committee says:
‘We are very excited to have formed this partnership with Black Lives in Music. MIA is fully committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the music industries and we look forward to working with Charisse, Roger and the BLiM team on initiatives to progress positive change.’
Roger Wilson, Director of Operations at Black Lives in Music says:
‘Working together for an inclusive music industry is paramount to the wider change that is needed in society. Music touches our lives in so many ways. With the advocacy, support and partnership of the MIA, we look forward to helping to make the meaningful change that we all want to see.
You can find out more about Black Lives In Music and their work here: blim.org.uk, and you can expect to hear more from the MIA on this partnership.