Diversity and Inclusion

IMPALA has a task force working on this vital area, building on the progress IMPALA has made in terms of geographic balance as well as gender and genre. Our focus now is to implement a more structured approach around the provisions of the EU charter of fundamental rights. Our work includes developing a charter, surveying members, offering training to members as well as practical tips for businesses and associations.

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. IMPALA has initiated 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 next diversity and inclusion training session will take place on September 28th, register now!

Sign up for our next Diversity and Inclusion training led by Vick Bain and Arit Eminue.

Tuesday 28 September, 10AM CET.

IMPALA’s Helen Smith has also been chosen to be MEWEM France’s godmother this year, 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.

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, 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, 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.



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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