Big Brother: Arts Council England to monitor diversity of artists and performers employed by NPOs

National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) will be required to report on the diversity profile of all of their workforce, including artists and performers on temporary contracts, as a condition of their funding, Arts Council England (ACE) has announced.

ACE has previously monitored the diversity of NPOs’ permanent employees and board members, but this will be the first time artists are also accounted for. The move supports its artistic-led approach, the ‘Creative Case for diversity’, which argues that “diversity and equality are crucial to the arts because they sustain, refresh, replenish and release the true potential of England’s artistic talent, regardless of people’s background.”

A recent report by the DCMS revealed that just 6.7% of people employed by music, performing and visual arts organisations are from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; one of the lowest proportions in the creative industries.

NPOs and Major Partner Museums will be expected to develop equality action plans to address the underrepresentation of certain protected groups across their workforce. ACE will require organisations to report on their progress in its annual survey which covers the year 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016…