Who We Are
The Black Music Coalition (BMC) is a Black led organisation created in June 2020, in the wake of #TheShowMustBePaused and the parallel movement in the UK, #TheShowMustBePausedUK, at a time when a spotlight had been cast on anti-Black systemic racism in the world causing Black executives in the UK music industry to look inwards at the industry and to reflect upon their shared experiences of racism and discrimination as Black execs.
The commonalities of those experiences informed the creation of our organisation and its goals.
The BMC is dedicated to eradicating racial inequality and establishing equality and equity for Black executives, artists and their communities within the UK Music Industry. The organisation currently consists of an executive committee formed of Black professionals either working in or affiliated to the UK music industry, as well as a wider committee also formed of Black music industry professionals.
On Monday 8th June 2020 an open letter was sent out by the BMC to the music industry community setting out our stance, that “for far too long, the global Black community have faced racial injustice, inequality and disenfranchisement across all aspects of society and [that] here in the UK, [it was] no different”. In that letter we set out our calls to action and made it clear that, we wanted actualise to the shows of support we’d seen from #BlackOutTuesday and to drive forward tangible changes in the industry. We then set about formulating the long-term objectives of the organisation which we set out in our manifesto which released to the industry and all interested parties in September 2020.
Executive Committee Members
Our Wider Committee Members
Alex Boateng • Alec Boateng • Alex Ives • Alexandra Ampofo • Anthony Orum • Austin Daboh • Benny Scarrs • Bianca Wilson • Callum Reece • Charlie Ogbechie • Colin Batsa • Fay Hoyte • Gilbert Johnson • Glyn Aikins • Jackie Eyewe • Jade Richardson • Jess Kangalee • Joe Kentish • Josh Toussaint • Kevin Christian Blair • Kwame Kwaten • Lucy Francis • Mel Rudder • Michael Adex • Mulika Sannie • Preye Crooks • Rich Castillo • Riki Bleau • Ryan Newman • Sam Adebayo • Sasha Dixon • Seb Smith • Shane Derozario • Shaurav D'Silva • Sheniece Charway • Taponeswa Mavunga • Tunde Ogundipe • Whitney Asomani • Whitney Boateng • Zeon Richards •