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 have now just started work with Invicta Audio, a Bristol based label & event company. 
  • We have concluded our first Artist Development Scheme, working with Birmingham-based producer MYL, for the last six months on A&R and music-business development. We are in the process of opening applications for our 2021/2022 scheme.
  • We have concluded our 12-month Women In Drum & Bass mentorship with Viridity, from Bristol. She has since played at numerous Hospitality regional events, played at Hospitality Weekend In The Woods, & is featured on Future Symptoms Vol.4, being released in December.
  • We have held an in-person event at Strongrooms back in September ‘Sonic Surgery’ where we welcomed female-identifying drum and bass producers, vocalists, DJs, fans & industry members to a range of interactive panels, discussions, production classes & DJ workshops.
  • 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. 

We have now chosen our business for 2021/2022, Invicta Audio. If you would like any  information regarding the scheme we welcome you to apply with the subject header ‘Business Development Scheme’ to development@hospitalrecords.com and we can provide you for information for when applications reopen next year. 

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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. This year we are teaming up with 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.
  • Applications for our 2021/2022 scheme are now open. Click here to apply.
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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 previous mentorships ran throughout 2020 and 2021 with Stay-C from Johannesburgand with Bristol-based producer and singer Viridity.
  • Applications for our 2022 mentorship are now open. If you would like to apply, please do so here: http://hospitalitydnb.lnk.to/WIDNB-Mentoring
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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 information on  future events you can join the Facebook group.

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