Mura Masa announces initiative to train black women in the music industry
Mura Masa has announced that he is helping to fund a new initiative which will help to train black women into music industry roles, a sector that continues to be vastly under-represented.
The Guernsey-born multi-instrumentalist made the announcement on ‘Blackout Tuesday’, a movement which saw the music industry unite to show solidarity in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin in the US. However, Mura Masa, whose real name is Alex Crossan, decided to use his platform rather than staying silent on the topic he wanted to use his fortunate position to make real tangible change.
Writing on Instagram, Masa said: “Please don’t be silent today music industry, silence is not what’s needed. Be helpful, share resources, allow space and amplification for the voices that need it, educate yourself and those around you.”
Announcing a new 12-week scheme for ten black females, Masa explained the reasoning behind the scheme came from him noticing a lack of black women operating in these roles within the music industry and this is something that he wants to help change.
Masa wrote: “My management and some of my touring crew are organising a free, 12-week weekend course for 10 black women to train in live music roles (specifically crew roles like the front of house/mixing/monitor engineering, lighting technician).
“It begins to address a problem that we’ve privately discussed at length whilst putting my own show together, in that there is a serious, serious lack of women of colour occupying these roles and we would love to have that change. If you’re in the industry then you know just how true this is.”
He continued: “I have personally committed to funding for this project and can’t wait to commit my time and any help that I can give to this. I would urge and compel my peers in music, at all levels but especially those in positions of power and wealth, to investigate how they can put weight and funding into creating or assisting programmes like this, rather than being silent or releasing statements of outrage.
“Inaction is what got us here. Let’s move on this together and seize this opportunity for action.”
Those interested in applying for the scheme can do so here.