Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer of PPL, added:
“The killing of George Floyd last year and the subsequent protests against systemic racism prompted an overdue discussion of the demographic disparities amongst those at the top of the music industry, including at PPL.
“Last year’s Seat at the Table report showed we could do much better and we would like to say thank you to Nadia for contributing to the positive steps we have made since then and for asking us to support and work with her on this second edition.
"The gender and racial diversity of our board has increased, and we continue to consider and work on the overall diversity of our Board and Senior Management Teams.
“Whilst we have made progress there is a lot more to be done so PPL welcomes the second edition of Seat At The Table. We very much look forward to launching a Board Development programme with Women in CTRL to help our members and the wider industry achieve a Seat at the Table.”
What Does It Mean To Have A Seat At The Table?
Below is a selection of the 100 quotes submitted from women across the industry for ‘A Seat at the Table – One Year On’.
Aluna Francis, Artist & FAC Board Observer:
“Now that I’m part of a board that makes it their business to find out what’s happening for artists in the industry and where changes can actually be made it has changed my attitude - I used to just accept the way things were. Now I know what’s going on and can contribute to making change on a wider scale.”
Afryea Henry-Fontaine, Marketing Director at Motown UK/EMI:
“[Having a Seat at the Table] means to have an active and respected voice that serves as catalyst for change and is a motivation and encouragement to others, especially women across this industry.”
Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary at the Musicians’ Union:
“Being an equal at the top table, whether on a board or in senior management, is hugely important. Being recognised for my knowledge and experience in its own right, beyond my gender and any form of tokenism, is something I and all women should be able to take for granted. Sadly that's not always the case, even now.”
Colleen Theis, Chief Operating Officer at The Orchard:
“[Having a Seat at the Table means] being empowered to drive visions to reality, with a unique perspective that adds resonance and relevance in what's largely still a man's world. I was once quoted as saying ‘If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu!’ I decided to make my own table long ago, rather than wait for a seat to open up.”
Sian Anderson, DJ (BBC 1Xtra) & Marketing Manager at Saint Music:
“It's easy for companies to react to uproar when reports show they lack diversity or lack women in senior roles by just employing more women, but having a seat at the table doesn't just mean employment to me, it means being able to speak at the table and have your voice heard in key conversations and listened to when it comes to big decision making. That's when we're really at the table, and that's what I'd like to see more of.”
Suzanne Bull MBE, Founder of Attitude is Everything:
“Being a wheelchair user, I bring my own seat to the table. It saves waiting to be asked. I bring the disability perspective. I’m unapologetic. It’s still missing from the boardroom.”
Jackie Davidson MBE, founder of JD Management and PPL and MPA Board Director:
“To anyone thinking about going forward for boards, I would say go for it! Don’t feel intimidated, you’re there to add your perspective and bring change. It may take the first 12 months for you to feel comfortable speaking, that’s ok. Read your board papers thoroughly before each meeting, prepare, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
“To those that have been sitting on the same boards for 15+ years, I would say: You have a responsibility to pass on knowledge and prepare the next generation to follow you. It is essential that you adopt a more diverse and inclusive approach. Inclusion should be afforded to all, regardless of one’s gender, ethnicity or background.
“If all else fails, sometimes we need to destroy the table and build a whole new one.”