As the recent Oscars furore has demonstrated, the issue of diversity in the arts has become a pressing issue.
With the increasing economic importance of the creative industries - London's sector generated £70 billion last year and 1 in 6 London jobs were in that field in 2014 - it's startling that, for instance, 94% of people working in advertising are white and in 2014 it was found that just 4% of TV and radio actors were non-white. Bear in mind 25% of Britain's workforce is non-white and consider whether the status quo is fair.
To add to the debate, social oranisation Pitch It is hosting a panel discussion. Pitch It aims to diversify the arts by creating access to the creative industries for disadvantaged young people and develop the skills of its professionals.
Speaking on the night will be: Charlie Kennard, headmaster of an innovative new industry school; Michelle Morgan, managing director at Livity, a youth marketing agency; Paul Drake, formerly of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and current director of D&AD's New Blood Foundation; Sofia Nicorici, 6th Form Student and member of the Pitch It creative mentoring project. The evening will be chaired by Deborah Coughlin, a writer, producer and director.
It takes place on Wednesday 17th February at Shoreditch House, The Secret Garden from 6.45pm. Free tickets available here.