THE Liverpool City Region Music Board has launched it’s Black Music Action Group and BLM Manifesto as part of ON RECORD 2021, a festival celebrating and exploring Black music across the city region, at a public event at the British Music Experience.
A key component was the announcement of the ReMap project, which explores the challenges in establishing music careers experienced by Black musicians and industry practitioners living and working in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
A collaboration between ON RECORD and the Institute of Politics at the University of Liverpool (UoL).
On Record event curator, and lead on the LCR Black Music Action Group Yaw Owusu said: “The research seeks to address three key questions:
- Why recent Black music initiatives have had no sizeable impact on the opportunities for LCR-based black music artists?
- Why the Black music community remains underrepresented in the LCR’s wider music economy?
- What can be done to increase parity between LCR-based emerging and established Black music artists and their equivalents from other demographics?”
Phase One of this project took the form of a short documentary film that explored the creative and career experiences of a number of Black artists from Liverpool who had previously been part of the URBEATZ Liverpool One project, which in 2011 identified them as having ‘industry potential’.
The film shows that despite the optimism that the Liverpool One project, and subsequent initiatives, would change the social, cultural and industrial landscape for Black musicians from the region, Black music makers and industry professionals continue to encounter many of the same challenges in pursuing careers in music as they did ten years ago.
Following the documentary launch, the group now announce Phase Two of the project, the ON RECORD x the University of Liverpool ReMap survey, which is now open.
The online survey is designed to generate a more complete picture of the current situation across the LCR. The survey draws upon themes emerging from the documentary, such as lack of performance opportunities and regional media recognition, underrepresentation of Black industry professionals in the LCR, and the challenges of overcoming structural racism and building a professional reputation within the region. The results of the survey will be detailed in a report presented to the Black Music Action group, with a view to informing the policies, recommendations and actions of the LCRMB.