37.4% of BAFTA members are women, 12.2% are from minority ethnic groups, 5.3% have a disability and 9.7% are LGBTQI+, according to the organisation’s global 2020-2021 membership survey.

The survey is the first of its kind to gather data from the arts charity’s entire global membership. It was requirement for all voting members to complete the survey for the first time this year.

The aim of the membership survey was for BAFTA to identify and address areas of current under-representation and ensure a more diverse, inclusive and representative organisation.

In response to this and as part of the ongoing BAFTA Review, the arts charity has made a commitment to inviting 1,000 new members from under-represented groups over the next two years and has already achieved 1/3 of this target.

In the last year, 635 industry professionals have joined BAFTA as new members.  Of those 635 new members, 53.3% are women, 33.1% are from minority ethnic backgrounds, 7.5% have a disability and 13.6% are LGBTQI+.

Following the results of the survey, BAFTA has committed to reaching its membership targets to address areas of under-representation by 2025.

These targets, as announced as part of the Review in 2020, are as follows:  50-50 gender balance, 20% from minority ethnic groups, 12% disabled and 10% LGBTQI+.  These targets were set in line with UK broadcasters, industry organisations and bodies and based on proportionality of the UK working age population with the aim of a more representative and inclusive membership that better reflects society.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “BAFTA has set membership targets to reflect our vision for a more inclusive organisation and industry. While there is more work to be done, the demographic of our latest intake of members demonstrates that we are making progress to ensure our membership is more representative of society, and confirms our commitment to address areas of under-representation within our membership.”


Jon Creamer

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