On this page, you can read about why Multitrack is aimed specifically at people who belong to one or both of these groups:
- People who identify as a person of colour
- People from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds
You can also read about how we’ve define the terms “person of colour” and “socioeconomically disadvantaged background”. This is something that we’re always thinking about and working on. We may update these definitions as our understanding and thinking evolves.
Why is the Multitrack fellowship aimed at these specific groups?
The audio industry lacks diversity in producer roles. There are many reasons why people of colour and people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds may find it harder to break into the industry, compared to their peers who are white and/or who have access to a financial safety net.
This is discussed anecdotally within the audio community, but it is also backed up by data from within radio, and the wider creative industries. For example:
- In 2018, Ofcom’s report into diversity and equal opportunities in radio found that “people from ethnic minorities comprise just 6% of the radio workforce, versus 14% of the wider population.” They also highlighted a “a worrying lack of data, with some major broadcasters failing to assess the diversity of their employees across a range of characteristics.”
- The research paper Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries (commissioned by Create London) states that “the cultural and creative industries are marked by significant inequalities; in particular […] the social class background of the workforce, and how this intersects with other issues, including attitudes and values, experiences of working for free, social networks, and cultural tastes.”
If you have access to further research and data which you think would be of interest to the Multitrack fellowship organising team, please do contact us. We are always looking to gain a better understanding of the industry and how this fellowship can best provide useful opportunities.
Since we are specifying that you must identify as a person of colour, and/or come from a socioeconomically disadvantaged background to apply for Multitrack, we think it’s important to define those terms.
It’s important to state that these terms are difficult to define perfectly. We know we’re talking about complex matters of background and identity. With that in mind, we have tried to come up with definitions that are as specific as possible for our purposes.
Person of colour
We’re using “person of colour” to describe people who are not white. We know there is on-going discussion about terms like “people of colour”, and fully acknowledge that some people would choose not to use this term when talking about themselves.
Socioeconomically disadvantaged background
We are defining “socioeconomically disadvantaged background” as any of the following :
- You grew up in a household with a total annual income of £25,000 or lower
- You grew up in a household receiving a means tested state benefit
- You are a care leaver
- You were eligible for free school meals in year 11
After researching how best to define this term, we decided to follow the lead of Arts Emergency, whose interests and ambitions as an organisation cross over with ours. We based our definition on the relevant elements of their eligibility criteria.