Empowering our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and communities and ensuring they are given the support they need to thrive.

  • Why BeYOU?

    The MPA is committed to creating a working and learning environment inclusive of and accessible to LGBTQIA+ people. We want to ensure that our LGBTQIA+ colleagues are treated with dignity and respect and given the support they need to thrive. We want to listen to and learn from the needs, concerns and experiences of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and members and take informed action to be more inclusive and supportive. To demonstrate our commitment, we celebrate LGBT+ History Month in February and PRIDE Month in June. We have also liaised and consulted with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues to understand how we can improve working environments so that everybody feels they belong. We know that LGBTQIA+ people can face various challenges in the workplace and this network will help us address and mitigate them.

  • What is it about and who can join?

    Some key issues to be covered by the Network will include:

    • Understanding and celebrating LGBTQIA+ (including organisation of LGBT+ History month activities).
    • Providing a supportive, open environment to network and socialise with LGBTQIA+ colleagues.
    • Providing a safe place for members to raise issues and concerns about LGBTQIA+ issues.
    • Raising awareness, sharing knowledge and contributing to the understanding of LGBTQIA+ matters within the Music Publishing sector.
    • Promoting a positive image and visibility of LGBTQIA+ employees and their contributions to diversity and inclusion within the sector.
    • Challenging homophobic, biphobic, transphobic and acephobia attitudes and behaviours.
    • Working with the Champion for BeYOU and MPA Head of DEI (Diversity, Equality & Inclusion) to advance LGBTQA+ inclusion.
    • Promoting and contributing to Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission.

    The Network is open to all MPA Member employees, including those working at the MPA who identify as LGBTQIA+. It is also open to allies.

  • How is the Network hosted?

    The Network is hosted on Microsoft Teams, where members can have conversations on Channels, share files and resources and host meetings online. The DEI Team are on hand to help and take forward any issues raised by the Network.

    The Microsoft Teams site is a private group and, though there is some degree of visibility when you join (other members can see who you are), we request that members maintain strict confidentiality about its membership and contents.

    This Network is supported by the MPA DEI team, but it is not our Network: it is yours. We hope the Network will be led by you for you. We are gathering ideas on how members want to run the Network and what you want to get out of it. Colleagues will have the opportunity to contribute in various ways: for example, through Team Meetings online, Channel discussions via Teams, email or phone.

  • Leadership for BeYOU

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If you’d like to join the BeYOU Network, please contact Helen Choudhury via the button below

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