Black Music Action Group (BMAG)

News from the Black Music Action Group (BMAG), a collaboration of music industry professionals with a cross-section of skills and experience; who come together to redress imbalance and proactively create a sustainable and dynamic sector that supports black artists across all music genres.

September 05th 2023

Research to map Black music creatives, and Black led music businesses and organisations

Calling all Black musicians, performers, Black led music businesses and organisations working across Liverpool City Region!

In her role as Chair of the Black Music Action Group as part of the Liverpool City Region music board, Jennifer John is currently carrying out a mapping exercise of all of the Black led music businesses and organisations, as well as Black creatives who are actively working in the music sector, to discover and report on who they are and what they do.

This is being carried for the following reasons:

  • To have a clear insight into Black involvement in the music sector so that the distribution of marketing information and opportunities and is shared more fairly.
  • To raise awareness and gain better insight into Black music activity and skills set landscapes, in order to improve the development of the Black music infrastructure.

Jennifer will be holding conversations with all who respond, either in person or online.

Her days for working on the project are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings. Anyone wishing to contact Jennifer should email: jennifer@jenniferjohnmusic.com

Participants need to be aged 16+ and actively involved in music.

May 03rd 2023

Barbara Philips explains her ambitions as a LCR Music Board and BMAG member

Barbara Philips, manager of talent development company, Positive Impact, explains her passions for developing local young artists.

As a member of our Black Music Action Group, she is keen to see significant development of the Black music sector locally.

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May 03rd 2023

Ngunan Adamu explains her aspirations for BMAG

BMAG member, Ngunan, a well known presenter on BBC Radio Merseyside and a local entrepreneur, summarises her passion for the local black  community, particularly in terms of music and business.

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May 03rd 2023

Jennifer John explains BMAG in more detail

In this video, Chair of the Black Music Action Group, Jennifer John, explains how and why the group was developed by the Music Board, and also defines the group’s intentions for the future.

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May 03rd 2023

Who are the BMAG members?

The Black Music Action Group is a collaboration of music industry professionals with a cross-section of skills and experience; who come together to redress imbalance and proactively create a sustainable and dynamic sector that supports black artists across all music genres. BMAG members are:

  • Jennifer John (Chair)
  • Yaw Owusu
  • Saad Shafi
  • Mo Ogleh
  • Mervyn Lynch
  • Alicia Smith
  • Les Spaine
  • Ngunan Adamu
  • Barbara Phillips
  • Paul Duhaney
  • Sarah Lovell
  • Kevin McManus
  • Ni Maxine
May 03rd 2023

What is the Black Music Action Group?

The Black Music Action Group (BMAG) is a collaboration of music industry professionals with a wealth of experience and a cross-section of skills and experience; who come together to redress imbalance and proactively create a sustainable and dynamic sector that supports black artists across all music genres.

BMAG was officially launched in November 2021 at an event in Liverpool City Centre. It is a sub-group of Liverpool City Region Music Board, the development of which was a key action included in the Music Board’s Black Lives Matter Manifesto (June 2021), other key actions include increasing the cultural mix of Board membership and sub-groups, with a commitment to a minimum of 30% Black members, which has also been accomplished.