Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

May is EU Diversity Month, when we do a series of posts and activities promoting the need for action. Find out more on this page and follow us on social media


Diversity, equity and inclusion is a vital area of IMPALA’s work.  We have a task force implementing our work, including our charter, surveying members, setting out the business case, offering training to members as well as practical tips for businesses and associations. On 21st October 2021, IMPALA released its first annual report on diversity and inclusion, read the report here.

In May 2022, we launched the Changemaker Award to put the spotlight on projects working on equity, diversity and inclusion. Every year we highlight projects in this field and our task force picks the one they feel is the most inspirational. See more here
In November 2021, we released a shorter survey to map the sector – ten questions taking ten minutes to complete – this survey is now closed and we are working on the analysis. Thank you for your participation!

Our last diversity and inclusion training took place online on Wednesday 27 April CET and dealt with unconscious bias and white privilege. Our next session is in September 2022.

Promoting a diverse and inclusive European independent music sector is a key priority for IMPALA’s task force which has been in place since summer 2020 and includes Keith Harris OBE as adviser. Keith Harris received IMPALA’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2021, he was invited to talk in our 20MinutesWith podcast series, find it on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and DeezerBelow is a 2-minute message from Keith on his work with IMPALA and what he would like members to do.

IMPALA has a new three-year collaboration with Vick Bain from vbain consulting, and Arit Eminue of DiVA Apprenticeships to provide diversity and inclusion training to members. IMPALA’s first diversity training session for members took place in January 2021, with more than 50 participants. The last diversity and inclusion training session took place in April and the next one will be in September. Don’t miss the podcast we made with Vick and Bain, you can find it on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer.

IMPALA’s Helen Smith is MEWEM France’s godmother, a programme designed to provide guidance and mentorship to women in the music industry, which Helen will promote at EU level as a great example of best practice and empowerment. Find out more about the programme here and listen to the podcast we created with the MEWEM team and mentees here (episode one) and here (episode two).

For international Roma day 2021, IMPALA put the spotlight on Marius Mihalache, the exceptional dulcimer player from Romania on his world famous career. Find the podcast on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer. 

For European Diversity Month 2021, IMPALA launched the first cross border diversity survey for the European independent music sector. IMPALA also released two podcast episodes dedicated to diversity. The first one with IMPALA’s diversity task force’s co-chair Eva Karman Reinhold, you can listen to it on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer. The second one with Ben Wynter, entrepreneurship and outreach manager at AIM, you can listen to on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer

During Pride Month 2021, IMPALA released a podcast episode with Linda Coogan Byrne, Gender Diversity & Equality Activist and CEO of Good Seed PR & Marketing. Find it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer.

Over the summer 2021, IMPALA released two podcasts focused on the mentoring programme for women in the music industry MEWEM. Listen to the first episode featuring Céline Lepage from the French association FELIN, Naomi Baudy from Sparklers Tribe and Victoria Rousselot, aka Vicky R. Find it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer. The second episode was with Helene Larrouturou from MEWEMCeline Bakond from La Neuvième Muse and Louise Cartier from Rooting for Artists. Find it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer.

In September 2021, IMPALA highlighted opportunities for women in the music industry in Central and Eastern Europe with Anca Lupes from Indiero and Justyna Masalska from ANPM. Find it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer. 

IMPALA’s diversity and inclusion trainers Arit Eminue and Vick Bain also took part in the podcast series. Learn more about their work and IMPALA’s training programme for members by listening to their episode. Find it on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer.

Brix Smith joined Vick Bain, on her second podcast, to talk about the F-List for Music, the first directory of its kind to list UK-based female musicians, songwriters & composers from every genre. 



IMPALA’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter

Infographic – IMPALA’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter

Press release – IMPALA adopts charter to promote diversity and inclusion in the European independent music sector

Press release – IMPALA appoints Vick Bain and Arit Eminue to provide diversity and inclusion training for members

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