Founder of That is Class, Ellese Elliott (MADA), is an avid campaigner against classism in the UK, and single working class home-educating mother of two boys. Both her musical and illustrative arts focus on social inequality and other discriminatory forms.
She has started a petition to make class a protected characteristic on the Equality Act which can be found here https://thatisclass.uk/.
Due to the nature of her work, some has been banned from YouTube and Facebook, for example after she launched a music video concerning breastfeeding.
In April 2022 Ellese received one of Sound and Music’s Covid-19 Composer Awards:
“I am very happy to receive the grant and I see it as a positive step towards undoing the classism that has persisted in the arts sector, where there has been no golden era for social mobility. I am glad Sound and Music are practicing what they preach. The kids were also happy and said “We are rich!”