Privacy policy

The Black Music Research Unit is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, and aims to be clear and open about how your data is used. We will not share your personal information with other people unless you give your consent.
This policy explains what data – personal and anonymous – we collect from you and how we use it.
Information we may collect from you:
• Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site This includes subscribing to our newsletters, using our upload forms, taking part in surveys.
• Material that you post or contribute to our site (e.g. in submission forms).
• If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
• Details of communications you carry out through our site and of the uploading of your own material.
• Details of your visits to our site, including which pages you visit and what you do. This is to enhance your experience of the site and for logged-in members to ensure access to restricted resources.



What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer by a site when you visit it. Basic cookies contain the site name and a unique user ID. The next time you visit that site, your browser checks to see if it has a cookie for it and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ‘knows’ that you have been there before, and can, for example, tailor your experience of the site. More sophisticated cookies allow you to do other things, like create accounts on a site or use an online shop.


Non-essential cookies

Google Analytics cookies help us to improve your experience of our site but are not essential to its basic functioning. We use these cookies to collect non-personal information about your computer, including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration purposes and to measure our effectiveness. They also enable us to estimate our audience size and usage patterns. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual.


Third party cookies

Facebook and Twitter cookies are examples of ‘third party’ cookies on our site. If you click a function on our website that is associated with these parties (eg. to share or tweet a piece of information), they will place cookies on your computer. We do not take responsibility for these cookies, as to make use of these functions you will have already accepted the terms and conditions of use with the relevant party.

We embed videos on our site using Vimeo, which sets cookies on your computer once you click on the video player. As you do not have to sign up to Vimeo first in order to play these videos, you will not have accepted their terms and conditions. We do not take responsibility for these cookies; to find out more please visit Vimeo’s privacy policy.


Can I refuse cookies?

Yes. You can use a setting on your browser which allows you to refuse to accept cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to use certain parts of our site and it may not work smoothly.

Different browsers have different instructions for managing cookies and you may also be able to accept certain cookies and not others. For example, you may be able to refuse third party cookies.


Where we store your personal data

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers.


Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter program to inform subscribers about news and events; we do this via the provider MailChimp. Users can subscribe through our online form should they wish to do so but do so at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be manually processed through prior communication with the user. Our newsletter distribution list sits on a secure MailChimp server and will not, under any circumstances be sold. For more information on MailChimp distribution lists see here:



Our site may contain links to and from third-party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that they have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

This privacy policy only covers the Black Music Research Unit website at Websites we link to from within this site are not covered by this policy.


Terms & Conditions

The information is provided by the Black Music Research Unit and while we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.