Policy Centre for African Peoples

The platform for African engagement

Rose Nunu


Ms Rose Nunu – Rose Nunu became a Trustee of APA in April 2013 and is highly regarded for her extensive work to increase equality and diversity within the UK music industry. She is the founder and director of Diaspora, the not for profit music foundation created to support and promote the multi-ethnic Diaspora of British music.

A typical snapshot of the current UK top 40 singles shows, in May 2011; only 23% are performed by people of white British origin (Official Charts Company analysis May 2011). And yet 92% of the UK ‘music industry’, i.e. the behind the scenes workforce, is white. (Creative & Cultural Skills; Music – Impact and Footprint).

Rose says “Our vision is to ensure the contribution made by Black, Asian and ethnic minority artists and its supporting organisations is visible and fully integrated within all areas of the UK music industry”
This includes creating a range of initiatives that inform profile and showcase African Diaspora artists, its music businesses as well as hosting opportunities for them to trade in Africa.

Rose is a member of Equality and Diversity Charter For Music Steering Group.  Comprising of UK music industry trade bodies our role is to ensure this sector adheres to delivering and implementing all aspects of the first industry wide diversity code of practice, Equality and Diversity Charter For Music.

She has over 10 years of event management experience within the UK music industry, including project management and artist development for a diverse roster including Tom Jones, Aswad, Craig David and Misteeq. Created music events in partnership with media powerhouses including MTV, GMTV,
Ministry of Sound, BBC Radio 1, Kiss Fm, Galaxy 105 and The Mastercard MOBO Awards 2003.
Winner of 3 Music Week Awards 2001, 2002, 2003 for Best Independent Plugger.

Her family roots lie in Nigeria and she grew up in Manchester, England.