On Tuesday June 2nd the MMF team observed the Music Industry Blackout #theshowmustbepaused in solidarity with our black colleagues and friends. We spent the day thinking about what we do as an organisation, acknowledging the fundamental role of Black Music genres in the success of our industry and how we can better support black managers and promote change.
The MMF was set up as a forum for managers to share experiences and be stronger acting together. Building on this legacy, following a suggestion from Paul Craig and Kwame Kwaten, discussions with the MMF community and the moving letter to the industry from Keith Harris, we set up « MMF Unite » a continuing conversation series with our members and friends.
We intend for MMF Unite to be an educational and motivating environment for our music managers and the music industry to create positive conversation around racial and other injustices and how we can collectively address them and influence change, aided by input from important guest speakers we all need to hear from.
Welcome to all, MMF Unite is seeking to create an educational and motivating environment for music managers and the wider music industry to have open conversations about racism and other kinds of discrimination. We will explore how we can collectively address these injustices and influence change, aided by input from important guest speakers we all need to hear from.
Each Unite event will be shaped by the discussions and learning from the previous one. We encourage attendees to try to come all 6 events and to join us on this journey.
The first event took place on July 29th we were joined by Black Historian Tony Warner, Director of Black History Walks who delivered a talk on racial justice in UK society. This was followed by a group discussion lead by MMF Vice Chair Kwame Kwaten, exploring some of the matters raised by Warner and how it connects with the current Black Lives Matter Movement, #TheShowMustBePaused, #BlackoutTuesday and the wider history of racism in the music industry.
Keep an eye on our website, social media and newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming MMF Unite sessions.