Future Voices: Diversity in the music industry

Future Voices: Skepta performing on the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Be

Future Voices: Skepta performing on the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire - Credit: PA

When Music Week released their '30 under 30' list featuring only two individuals of ethnic minority earlier this year it sent shock waves through the music industry and across the UK.

How could the editors of such an important publication fail to notice all the up and coming talent surrounding them and be so narrow minded? What about incredible people such as Tiffany Calver, a freelance DJ and journalist, who has built up an exemplary reputation within the music industry over the years?

But unfortunately it doesn't stop there.

The Brits came under fire this year for their lack of diversity when only two non-white artists were nominated for awards. This surprised many well-known artists including Lily Allen, who claimed the Brit Awards were 'blind to black talent' after grime artists such as Skepta and Stormy, among others, stormed the charts this year but failed to get the same recognition for their work as others.

It seems baffling that an artist such as Adele - as talented as she is - can disappear for years only to return to countless award nominations across the world, when others work tirelessly for years without the support of huge record labels and the subsequent astronomical funding just to be overlooked.


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The good news to come out of these terrible situations is that other music publications such as UK Complex have fought back by providing a more diverse list of music talent.

Hopefully this will give these amazing talents some more of the exposure they deserve, but, until larger corporations move into 2016, the music industry will unfortunately remain stuck in the past and unable to become a better and more racially diverse place to live and work.

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Madelene Aldridge-Hobbs, 18, Wymondham

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