New research by Dr Christina Scharff at Kings College London finds extensive inequalities at every level of the classical music profession with regard to sex, class, education and ethnicity.
Among its findings:
– The proportion of women working in the arts and cultural sector has fallen to 43%;
– women earn less than men (£29,015, compared to £34,669)
– only 7% of the cultural workforce was from a black and minority ethnic background;
– just 3.9 % of students at five conservatories were from ‘low participation neighbourhoods’;
– the middle-class culture of music education may explain why classical music continues to appeal to middle-class audiences.
The report recommends ‘The introduction of quotas to increase the representation of minority groups. Quotas can be applied to … commissions, prizes, scholarships, concert programming, conductors and composers.’
Read the full report here. We will be surprised if this recommendation does not become Labour Party policy and an Arts Council condition for obtaining grants.
h/t: John Williamson