Claims that London's Met Police may be racially profiling musicians, leading to cancellations of concerts that disproportionately affect Black artists, are sparking anger – though given that the Met spent the Coronation weekend arresting Westminster Council’s Night Star volunteers and were found to be ‘institutionally racist’ in past official inquiries, we’re hardly surprised. The MU and BLIM have written to the Mayor of London to express their concerns, following reports claiming that venues have been warned that events involving (in one club owner's words) a music genre "that is preferred by people of colour" are 'high-risk' and could lead to a review of their licence if anything goes wrong. You can read between the lines there. "Live music should not be used as a device for the police to criminalise the Black community," said BLIM's Roger Wilson, adding that the current system is "placing a muzzle on the mouths of Black artists" trying to play live.
The Musician’s Union and advocacy group Black Lives in Music are investigating racial profiling incidents by the Metropolitan Police
22, May, 2023