‘Music Industry Review’ presents ‘irrefutable evidence’ of abuse

“High rates” of bullying, sexism and harassment continue to plague the music industry, despite the vast majority of incidents going unreported, according to a damning new report.

The examination of sexual harm, harassment and systemic discrimination in the contemporary music industry is now published in full.

It paints an ugly picture of predatory actions and unacceptable behavior in spaces where the music industry does its thing and relaxes at the end of the day.

The long-awaited study Make their voices heardcollected insights and experiences from 1,600 people across the industry, including 1,300 surveys and testimonials from over 300 people in the music industry.

The content of it “can be distressing,” reads the introduction.

What the months-long review revealed is that sexual harassment, abuse and bullying are rampant in the workplace, with numerous incidents occurring over the past five years.

Among the main results are:

  • Of those surveyed, 55% had experienced some form of sexual harassment and abuse at work during their career. This includes 72% of female respondents and 39% of male respondents.
  • Over the past five years, 33% of respondents said they had experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment.
  • 74% of the perpetrators of sexual harassment were men and 25% were women.
  • Sexual harassment occurred primarily in concert halls (45%), followed by the office (21%) or a work-related event (17%).
  • Bullying was experienced by 76% of survey participants at some point in their career in the industry.
  • Women were more likely to be bullied than men. Over the past 5 years, 81% of women surveyed have been bullied, compared to 67% of men surveyed.
  • The bully was more likely to be male (67%) than female (28%).

The effect of these behaviors can be “serious and long-lasting”, according to a summary by the report’s authors, with many of those who experienced or witnessed harm ultimately being silenced for fear of the repercussions on their careers and life. health if they spoke out.

The report does not identify individuals, victims or defenders, but rather creates a plan of action.

And from there, 17 recommendations for change are made which, combined, amount to sweeping reforms for the industry.

Among them, the creation within the next 3 to 6 months of a “Contemporary Music Industry Cultural Reform Council” to combat sexual prejudice, sexual harassment, bullying and systemic discrimination”, as well as than a zero tolerance approach by employers.

The Council should, within 12 months of launch, roll out ongoing industry-wide education and awareness campaigns, the review suggests.

“We want to recognize the courage of these victim survivors and all those who have shared their stories as part of this review,” comments Emily Collins, MusicNSW’s chief executive and member of the temporary task force set up to oversee the review. .

“Bringing this information to light is an essential first step in understanding not only the extent of the damage that has occurred, but in charting a clear path for the music industry to improve and strengthen its work culture. for everyone.”

Added Julia Robinson, outgoing chief executive of the Australian Festivals Association and temporary member of the task force: “Leaders in the music industry have a collective responsibility to use their influence to drive widespread change and create a place safe and inclusive workplace based on respect.

The Examination of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment and Systemic Discrimination in the National Music Industry was announced late last year, whose goal is to learn and speak with all communities and roles within the music industry to understand what the industry looks like right now .

Written by consultants Alexandra (Alex) Shehadie and Sam Turner, the project is a broad examination of the music industry’s work culture “through the lens of sexual harm, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination”, collecting feedback from across the company, including songwriters. and composers to artists and performers, crew, agents, members of live touring companies and record labels, promoters, record label employees, managers, publishers, venue managers and company staff and officers.

The release of the report today (September 1) culminates a comprehensive six-month consultation process.

The review, under the auspices of the music industry charity Support Act, was unveiled with support from APRA advocacy bodies AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA and Australia Council, and a total target budget of $400.00 .

“The Make their voices heard The report marks a watershed moment for all of us in the music industry. It provides compelling evidence of the hurt and suffering caused by persistent bullying, sexual harassment, sexual prejudice and exclusion in our industry,” read a statement released early Thursday by APRA AMCOS.

The PRO “accepts the conclusions of the national commission Music Industry Review and is committed to reviewing the recommendations and working with our industry colleagues to implement those recommendations. We support support Music Industry Joint Statement published today that recognizes evil and evil. It’s fair to apologize: we’ve all been part of an industry where people have been hurt and hurt.

In this joint statement, the music industry salutes the journal, thanks its contributors and calls for change.

“Everyone has the right to work in an environment free from bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination. As disturbing and confronting as the results are, the Australian music industry is committed to change and rebuilding trust,” reads a message signed by dozens of music companies and organisations.

“The music industry should – and will – foster environments that are safe, welcoming, respectful, creative and fun.”

By issuing a joint message, the music industry responds to one of the 17 recommendations, a “recognition statement” that contains a commitment to implement the report’s recommendations.

The message continues: “We have listened and heard your calls for change. We can and will continue to do better. We all can.

Award-winning artist and temporary task force member Deena Lynch wants the action to follow.

“It took a lot of sacrifice and energy for the survivors to establish awareness, but it can’t stop there,” she explains.

“Awareness raising is just the first step, there is still a long way to go to address specific issues, bring about cultural change and begin reform.”

Lynch, who plays Jaguar Jonze, adds: “Now we need a commitment to change and action. I hope that with the Music Industry Review Report, industry leaders will step up and implement the recommendations to begin the process of creating safe artistic workplaces.

Read the full report here.

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