In 2020 we shared our plans to improve our equality and inclusion working practices and initiatives across our company. We acknowledge the need to come together as an organisation of people, to drive change and make a positive impact around improving racial equity.  

We know that D&I is not a problem we are trying to solve but an opportunity we are going to embrace and gain from. True diversity brings together different ideas, different ways of thinking, and most importantly, our different lived experiences –  all these produce outstanding results.

Since summer 2020, we have created ongoing self-development within our team that incorporates D&I for all. This has been achieved through education, conversation, and by enlisting an experienced and established trainer to provide internal diversity training and support for our whole staff team. Our goal is to embed D&I in everything we do to ensure that D&I is felt throughout the company, therefore we have formed an internal diversity & inclusion team to better understand where the challenges, touch points and gaps are so as to ensure that what we are doing both internally and externally is more inclusive.  

We continue to seek invaluable advice and critique from artists, peers, industry executives and organisations. 

In the last twelve months: 

  • We have concluded our first 12-month Business Support Scheme, working with Pick ‘n’ Mix. We now welcome businesses to apply for our 2021/22 scheme, beginning in July, by emailing development@hospitalrecords.com.
  • We have begun our first Artist Development Scheme, working with Birmingham-based producer MYL. for the last six months on A&R and music-business development.  
  • We have concluded our first 12-month Women In Drum & Bass mentorship with producer Stay-C, from Johannesburg, South Africa. She has since released a remix with Hospital, DJ’ed on Hospitality live streams and is booked to play at our festival Hospitality Weekend In The Woods this September. This mentorship has been the single biggest game changer in my drum and bass career. Never before have I paid this much effort into my tunes and getting them to sound as good as they can. The Hospital team has been incredible in giving me tactical advice for an artist in the industry from cultivating your uniqueness to digital marketing to publishing and beyond. It feels wonderful to be supported in this way – so many doors have opened as a result of this mentorship.” – Stay-C
  • We have begun our second Women In Drum & Bass mentorship with Bristol-based producer and singer Viridity
  • We have held three online WID&B workshops on the topics: live streaming and staying motivated during lockdown, staying connected to your audiences, and a vocal workshop for developing melodies, lyrics and recording tips.
  • We have invested 5% of our annual profit into anti-racism initiatives. We have partnered with Tileyard Impact on a Virtual Work Experience programme, a Hospital Merchandise virtual work experience talk, and a 5-day Featured Vocalist Programme. 

These actions are the start of our commitment to contribute to a more equal and inclusive drum & bass community. 

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 a dedicated page on our website, with a collection of educational documents. 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’

https://www.hospitalrecords.com/anti-racist-educational-resources/

 

 

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Equality & Inclusion Training

Equality & Inclusion Training

  • We will continue to engage established diversity specialists to conduct internal diversity training and support, to ensure our entire staff team is confident in anti-racist, and diversity & inclusion practices (Creative Access,  Access Media, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Michelle Raymond of the People’s Partner)
  • We have set aside an annual budget for equality and inclusion training moving forwards. In 2020/21 this included Allyship Training, Executive Training, Management & Diversity Training. 
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Business Support Scheme

Business Support Scheme

  • We have launched a Business Support Scheme for independent 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. 

If any other labels / businesses would like information regarding the scheme we welcome you to apply with the subject header ‘Business Development Scheme’ to development@hospitalrecords.com

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Artist Development Scheme

Artist Development Scheme

  • Every year we will offer a year-long artist development programme, through partnerships with educational organisations and charitable foundations: Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), The Midi Music Company, and Education & Bass.
  • 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 will also welcome international applications from producers that are not associated with a UK-based educational organisation or foundation.
  • Our 2020/21 Artist Development Scheme is underway with Birmingham-based producer MYL. 
  • Applications will open in October 2021, please check back here for further information.
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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.
  • Our first mentorship ran throughout 2020 with Stay-C from Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Our second mentorship has begun with Bristol-based producer and singer Viridity. 
  • Applications for our 2021/22 mentorship will open in October 2022, please check back here for further information.
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Women In Drum & Bass Community

Women In Drum & Bass Community

  • Since March 2019, we have formed an online community for Women In Drum & Bass and have hosted regular events both online and off providing support, advice and information to female-identifying artists, event promoters, industry professionals or fans of drum & bass.  
  • We aim to work towards greater gender balance within the Drum & Bass community alongside other equality initiatives such as EQ50, Unorthodox: LGBTQ+, Normal Not Novelty and many more.

Our next event will be announced soon, for more information on this and future events you can join the Facebook group.

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