Creative Mentor Network partner with Sony Music UK for the mentorship programme

Creative Mentor Network works to make the creative world more inclusive through mentoring. Their latest partnership with Sony Music UK will mean their employees will undertake a 16-week mentorship programme. During the mentorship programme, Sony Music UK employees will work directly with Creative Mentor Network and various youth centres throughout London to help connect talented young people aged between 16-24 from diverse backgrounds to make connections and gain valuable new skills & experience. The mentorship programme aims to tackle inequality within the music industry and encourage better access and inclusion for disadvantaged communities. Jason Iley, chairman and chief executive officer, Sony Music UK and Ireland said: ‘Our industry is one which thrives on diverse ideas and equal opportunities, so I’m pleased that we’re working with CMN, because we know that creative and executive talent exists in all corners of our society. I’m a great believer in mentorship and there are several people who have guided my own career path, so I’m keen to encourage my colleagues at Sony to share their knowledge and experience and perhaps uncover a few future leaders in the process.’ Isabel Farchy, CMN’s Founder and CEO said: ‘Workforce diversity in the UK music business, particularly for new starters, has risen by five percent over the last two years – a positive sign of the changing face of a world-leading industry. However, we need to focus our efforts, now more than ever, on nurturing and retaining this talent. Through a partnership with CMN, Sony Music have made an impressive commitment to improving diversity and inclusion. They’re not just talking about it, they’re doing something, and we can’t wait for the programme to start !’

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