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. 

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.
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.

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. 



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


Tips for members

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

Coudenberg 70, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

+32 2 503 31 38