AudioUK is committed to diversity and inclusion, and to represent fully and champion the audio production sector.
We acknowledge that the organisation does not currently reflect the full diversity of our sector, and in particular that those from ethnic minority backgrounds have been under-represented.
A comprehensive review is now underway of how our organisation will change, led by external diversity and inclusion consultants. We are an active signatory of the Equality in Audio Pact. We know that transparency will be key to the success of this work and are therefore sharing our initial actions, which we are implementing immediately:
- Nominations to appoint a new Board of officers and directors are open now until 8th September. Constitutionally, the Board must be elected by the membership and for the first time, we are publishing new guidelines about the process. We are actively encouraging nominations of people from ethnic minority backgrounds and particularly welcome diverse-led organisations to become members and help us to drive change from within the organisation. Any full AudioUK member can stand for the Board, and any audio-led production company can become a member. Details of membership benefits, fees and how to join can be found here.
- The judging panel of the Audio Production Awards 2020 will build on last year’s work to be representative of the society we live in by including more audio professionals and creatives from ethnic minority backgrounds, people who are part of the LGBTQI+ community, those who live with disabilities and are from a variety of areas within the UK. Through focused outreach and engagement, we are encouraging a more diverse range of applications for the awards. We will also continue to champion diverse career backgrounds through categories such as Grassroots Production, which is a free-to-enter category this year.
- We will work towards diverse representation amongst our trainers and panel members in the Audiotrain skills programme.
- We are working with the BBC to ensure the recent commitment that 20% of indie teams are diverse in terms of ethnicity, socio-economic background or disability is met. This will include agreeing processes for defining and monitoring progress against targets and identifying how best to support member organisations in meeting them; alongside potential partnerships on opportunities for emerging, diverse audio talent.
- We are partnering with other industry organisations such as The Radio Academy on new inclusion and outreach initiatives.
- We will gather key data on the sector’s diversity in an update to our business census starting next month.
This is only the start of an extensive process of change, with the review considering all forms of diversity such as ethnicity, socio-economic background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and geographical location. We expect to undertake further initiatives and changes as our review progresses, including support for our members to encourage diverse and inclusive cultures in their organisations.