Our new MPA Respect Employee Network is focused on race and ethnicity. The vision for our sector is to ensure the true representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals at all levels of the business, especially at senior management and executive levels.
Our Respect Employee Network will be a safe place for members of it to discuss topics, share best practices, share experiences and concerns, celebrate events, raise awareness on race and ethnicity matters and to provide feedback to the MPA Head of DEI and the Champion of Respect. All of this engagement and input will help the MPA positively influence the Music Publishing Sector’s awareness and strategies to assure a safe, welcoming, well-maintained and inclusive industry in which to work.
Introducing Gary Bhupsingh…
My name is Gary Bhupsingh, I am Vice President of UK Administration at Sony Music Publishing. After 10 years working in various roles at PRS, I joined SMP in 1997. I have always been hugely passionate about music and to this day cannot believe that I get to work in such a wonderful industry and with some of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Throughout my working life, the imbalance between the diversity of music in the charts versus those working in the music industry really surprised me. How are there so few faces of colour, especially in management roles, and why isn’t there diverse talent across the sector? Sadly, we live and learn just how rigid society can be. The killing of George Floyd in 2020 changed things and finally the voices of marginalized communities are being elevated and have space to be heard.
Can we help make a change? Of course, but it won’t be easy, and we must try to do this together. Together, showing our strength as a community with a shared goal, we can start to make those changes to improve our sector and society. I look forward to working alongside the MPA’s Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Helen Choudhury, and promise to engage the MPA Membership in looking for solutions which will lead our community forward.
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