NEXT STEPS Workshop #6: Everything Artist Related

Thu 17th November 2022
Tagged as
AntiRacism, BDRB, BDRBInitiative, Belonging, Canada, cimamusic, DEI, Diversity, EDI, Equity, FREE, Inclusion, MusicIndustry, ProfessionalDevelopment



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The BDRB Roundtables unearthed that Black musicians are impacted by barriers to progression.

Black artists report being pigeonholed into genres such as R&B and hip-hop, while structural barriers mean that Black and ethnically diverse people are underrepresented in senior industry positions. They are paid less on average for their artistic work, hired less frequently (when compared to white Artists), have reduced access to media spaces and exist within a system of Canadian arts and funding institutions which are overwhelmingly white in their governance.

While all artists who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) face similar barriers, it is of importance to recognize the unique position represented by Black music artists, who, more than any other group, produce a lions share of the intellectual property and cultural creation in this country.

In this, the 6th workshop in the CIMA x BDRB "Next Steps: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion" series, we turn the gaze to Artists. We will discuss practical solutions which the music community can utilize in creating and achieving diversity and inclusion objectives en route to a truly equitable and representative music industry.


Managers, Booking Agents, Festivals, Promoters, Media (incl: Radio), Journalists, Tech (ie. Lighting, Sound, Mixing Engineers), Film & TV Sync, Publishers, Lawyers, Music Organizations, Independent & Major Labels, Small Business Owners, Digital Service Providers, Music Festivals & Conferences, Marketers, Funding Associations, Media, music industry individuals, companies, industry associations, community organizations and government operating within the music and aligned creative industries.

CIMA x BDRB present NEXT STEPS: Equity | Diversity | Inclusion

Professional Industry Development Workshop Series

Canadian Independent Music Association cordially invites its members, signatories of the BDRB Declaration and the greater Canadian music industry to CIMA “NEXT STEPS”, a FREE equity-focused monthly professional development workshop series.

With the goal of increasing understanding of equity via the conduits of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression and belonging in the Canadian music industry, this 10-part workshop series will feature subject experts & professionals from specific sectors of the Canadian music industry paired with EDI specialists to discuss and develop ACTIONABLE solutions and recommendations for staff and leadership of micro, small & large companies and organizations.

Developed, coordinated and facilitated by Breaking Down Racial Barriers co-founders Ian Andre Espinet and David "Click" Cox, “Next Steps” will build on the tenets set out in the BDRB Declaration and Report with an expanded lens for Black, Indigenous, API and other systemically excluded groups, and delve into equity within the varied arenas of the Canadian music industry.

Moderated by BDRB, workshops will pair music industry insight from experts & leaders with training components delivered by equity consultants from the KOJO Institute.

CIMA strongly encourages that organizations prioritize equity by encouraging leaders and staff to consider these FREE workshops as an important PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunity.

Support for Next Steps is provided by: Ontario Creates, SOCAN, Radio StarMaker, FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

#FREE #ProfessionalDevelopment #Equity #Diversity #Inclusion #Belonging #EDI #DEI #MusicIndustry #Canada #cimamusic #BDRBInitiative #AntiRacism


“Breaking Down Racial Barriers” was initiatied as a Black led, music & entertainment industry roundtable discussion series. Initiated, curated and coordinated by Canadian music and entertainment community mainstays Ian Andre Espinet and David “Click” Cox, presented by The Canadian Independent Music Association, supported by ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business Collective and 22 of CIMA's peer and partner organizations.

Taking place via 10 Zoom sessions, from August 4th 2020 - October 6th 2020, the roundtable series on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music and entertainment industry featured over 60 working Black music professionals from across the country.

BDRB is presently authoring a CIMA commissioned, ADVANCE supported report on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry which will aggregate accumulated knowledge and create actionable solutions. These suggestions will be shared with the wider community with the understanding that it can, if embraced, inform how policies and practices can and should be reformed.

On June 2nd 2021, the one-year anniversary of #BlackOutTuesday, corporations and organizations and individuals from the Canadian music industry gathered for the signing event for The Declaration to End Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Music Industry. The document has been signed by over 500 to date.

BDRB is currently consulting with organizations and corporations nationwide to improve equity in their spaces via diversity and inclusion.

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