HOSPITAL RECORDS EQUALITY & INCLUSION ACTIONS

On 8th June 2020 we said we would share our plans to improve on equality and inclusion across our company. On reflection, we felt as a majority white company it was not an appropriate time to centre ourselves in the conversation, and instead we decided to put present actions in place, as we felt this would better help to create more long-lasting change.

We understand why some people have mistaken this for inaction or a lack of solidarity. For this reason we feel it is important for us to share the ways that we are contributing to a more inclusive Drum & Bass community. 

Our first action was to ensure ongoing self-development within our staff team and directors through education and conversation. From these discussions we have reached out and sought invaluable advice and critique from artists, peers, industry executives and organisations from the Black community. 

Other current actions include: 

  • The launch of a 12-month Business Support Scheme, working with a Black-owned music business. 
  • Establishing partnerships with educational organisations for our upcoming Artist Development Scheme for Black producers. Both of these schemes will run annually moving forwards.
  • Collating a new Anti-Racist Educational Resources page to permanently exist on our website.
  • Continuing work with our Women In Drum & Bass Mentorship, online community and events.
  • Enlisting established diversity specialists to conduct internal diversity training and support for our whole staff team

These actions are the start of our commitment to contribute to a more equal and inclusive drum & bass community that is more reflective of its origins. In turn, we trust these changes will lead to more diversity in our artist roster and event line-ups.

We understand that this is a process in which we may make mistakes, but as individuals and a team we are dedicated to integrating this change into all areas of our business, from new long-term initiatives, to everyday decisions.

Chris, Tony, Josh, Craig and the Hospital Team

For more details on each of these areas please see below.

Education & Resources

Education & Resources

  • We recognise the urgent need for education for some members of our audience after seeing the ignorance in some of the responses and comments on our posts. Any form of racist, prejudicial or hateful dialogue will not be tolerated on any of our channels, any comments of this nature will be deleted and users permanently blocked from our channels
  • Whilst we have been working internally to educate ourselves and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis, we also have a responsibility to encourage our fans to do the same. We have set up a dedicated page on our website, with a collection of educational documents that we have found useful. This will continue to grow and we welcome any recommendations, please send an email through to development@hospitalrecords.com with the subject header ‘Anti-Racist Educational Resources’

Anti-Racist Educational Resources

 

 

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Equality & Inclusion Training

Equality & Inclusion Training

  • Established diversity specialists will be conducting internal diversity training and support, to ensure our entire staff team is confident in anti-racist practices (Creative AccessStephen Lawrence Charitable Trust)
  • We have set aside an annual budget for equality and inclusion training moving forwards.
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Business Support Scheme

Business Support Scheme

  • We have launched a Business Support Scheme for Black-owned music businesses. 
  • As part of our commitment to breaking down barriers to entry and diversifying our industry we have launched this scheme, to offer 12 months of free business support, with weekly dedicated sessions with all departments of the company as well as free use of our office space and  studio, and open access to our resources and guidance. 
  • We are delighted to have already begun this year’s annual programme with south London based label – Pick ‘n’ Mix 
  • As the scheme develops we will be welcoming other labels to join us where possible. 
  • We will open applications for next year’s schemes on June 2nd 2021
  • If any other labels / businesses would like information regarding the scheme we welcome you to reach out with the subject header ‘Business Development Scheme’ to development@hospitalrecords.com 
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Artist Development Scheme

Artist Development Scheme

  • We are working in partnership with educational organisations and charitable foundations, including Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), The Midi Music Company  and Education & Bass to offer a year long artist development programme to a Black artist. 
  • Much like our Women In Drum & Bass Mentorship programme, this will offer specialised sessions with all departments across the company over a 12-month period, with a focus on A&R and production. 
  • We are choosing to partner with music production schools, foundations and organisations in the UK so that we can share this opportunity with as many people as possible. 
  • We also welcome international applications from Black producers who are not associated with a UK based educational organisation or foundation.
  • Applications are now open until 7th October 2020, APPLY HERE
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Women In Drum & Bass Production Mentorship

Women In Drum & Bass Production Mentorship 

  • Our WID&B Mentorship offers 12-months of specialised monthly sessions for a female-identifying artist, focussing on A&R, promotion and marketing, digital, legal & business, and publishing.
  • We are continuing to support and mentor Stay-C from Johannesburg, South Africa, during her mentorship, which began in January 2020.
  • Applications for our 2nd WID&B Mentorship will open in October 2020, welcoming international applicants.
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Women In Drum & Bass Community

Women In Drum & Bass Community

  • Since March 2019, we have formed an online community for female-identifying  Women In Drum & Bass and have hosted regular events both online and off providing support, advice and information. 
  • We aim to work towards greater gender balance within the Drum & Bass community alongside other equality initiatives such as EQ50, Unorthodox: LGBTQ Drum & Bass, Normal Not Novelty and many more.
  • Our next event will take place on Wednesday 29th July, for more information on this and future events you can join the Facebook group. 
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