A list of useful guides and documents to help you demonstrate best practice for achieving a more representative off-stage workforce.
Understanding the Legal Framework around Discrimination
This guidance was created by SOLT and UK Theatre’s legal team for theatre producers, owners and managers using the Theatre Casting Toolkit in relation to performers, so the references and examples within it relate to this. However, the general principles in this guidance can be used by theatre producers, owners and managers who want to obtain and use personal information about their off-stage workforce to increase diversity within discrimination law.
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Socio-Economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers, based on evidence from a decade of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.
Fair access to working in the arts remains one of the most urgent issues facing the sector today, with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds still vastly underrepresented amongst the artists and employees of UK theatres, festivals, galleries and arts organisations of all kinds.
Jerwood Arts and the Bridge Group have joined forces for this Toolkit with a mission to look to the future: to support long-term change across the arts sector by sharing knowledge, providing expert support, and encouraging take-up of an intersectional approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.
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Photo library featuring people of colour in off stage roles
Tiata Fahodzi and The Stage have launched a photo library featuring people of colour in technical theatre roles, in a bid to improve the diversity of pictures used to depict backstage theatre workers. The project was launched in response to the lack of people of colour represented in stock images that had been available to illustrate news stories and features about technical theatre.
The photo library has more than 200 images. It is free to use and features stock images covering a range of roles, including backstage, wardrobe and design. The initial stock photos available in the library were taken at Watford Palace Theatre by photographer Alex Brenner.
It is intended that the archive will become a resource for the entire theatre sector, with other companies encouraged to add their own representative stock images to the collection under a Creative Commons licence, which will allow publications and theatre to reproduce the photos freely.
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Partnership for London and the Roundhouse’s Self-Made Sector: Working in the creative industries report
This report highlights the many challenges young people, particularly BAME young people and young people from low income households, face in the creative industries.
In the Roundhouse studios, we work with a diverse group of young people, but they’re not reflected in the industry. So this research, led by Partnership for Young London, explores the reasons why young people don’t feel welcome in the industry, or simply don’t know about the opportunities in it. It looks at four areas including, education, representation, stereotypes and the cost – and one of the key things that came out time and time again is that young people feel the only way to get ahead is to do it themselves.
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Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries
Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries, and was released by Create London and Arts Emergency on April 16th 2018.
The paper is part of the wider Panic! project initiated in 2015, that takes an unprecedented look at social mobility and inequality within the cultural and creative industries in the UK. Led by academics Drs Dave O’Brien, Orian Brook, and Mark Taylor from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, the paper highlights the significant exclusions of those from working class origins, women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds across the cultural and creative industries, which include the arts, music, publishing, advertising and IT.
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d&i Leaders reports
d&i Leaders is a network of diversity, inclusion and HR professionals looking to collaborate, network and accelerate their workplace inclusion strategy.
d&i Leaders have a selection of downloadable reports, including: Ethnic Diversity: Learning to Work Together, Four Secrets to Success in Progressing the D&I Agenda, Future Skills of the D&I Leader, LGBT+ at Work 2019 Conference Report, Gender Pay Gap – What Next?, and Inclusive Leadership by Design
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Maya Productions’ Pocket Guide to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Role Models and Leaders in the Performing Arts
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic role models and leaders are important for increasing workforce diversity. Seeing BAME artists in the spotlight builds ambition in young people and motivates individuals to step into a career in the arts. Listening to BAME leaders in positions of power inspires confidence in the ability of the industry to reflect the rich tapestry of our society. Including more BAME workers across the industry takes us closer to the creation of great art that can speak to a wide range of people.
This Pocket Guide shares some findings from a Clore/AHRC funded research project, Where Am I? led by Suzanne Gorman in collaboration with Dr Doris Eikhoff and CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester.
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Arts Council England’s Diversity Report 2017-18
This report analyses data on:
- The workforce of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs), including the diversity of people in key leadership roles and at different job levels
- The Creative Case for Diversity ratings of NPOs and MPMs, which record how well they respond to diversity through different areas of their programme
- The diversity of artists and organisations who received investment in the last year through the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts fund
- The diversity of the Arts Council’s workforce and leadership
- The socioeconomic diversity of audiences for Arts Council NPOs
Arts Council England’s Equality Action Plan Guidance
This equality action guide, produced in collaboration with Stephen Lawrence Consulting, will help organisations to address opportunities to diversify their workforce, leadership and audiences.
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Arts Council England’s Making a Shift report
Disabled people are under-represented within the arts and cultural sector workforce in all role types and levels of seniority. This report aims to improve our understanding of why these trends exist, what barriers are preventing disabled people from entering and progressing within the arts and culture sector workforce, and actions that could be taken by the Arts Council and arts and cultural organisations to improve the representation of disabled people in the workforce.
Stage Sight Recruitment Guidance
Guidance from Stage Sight – suggested procedures for organisations to increase diversity in the recruitment process.
Equality Commission Employment Code of Practice
Guidance on discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. This includes guidance in chapters 12 and 16 on taking positive action to improve diversity and how to avoid discrimination in recruitment.
Arts Council England’s Culture Change Toolkit
This guide outlines what you can do to recruit more diverse talent and a range of good practice case studies showcasing what others have done successfully.
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