Sorry seems to be the hardest word for many. In 2022, this is an integral part of the vernacular of the music industry.
Today (September 1) saw the release of Raising their voices, the long-awaited examination of sexual harm, harassment and systemic discrimination in the contemporary music industry.
And with its release, an extraordinary range of companies, brands and organizations issue an official apology for years of reckless and harmful behavior in the workplace.
months of preparation, Make their voices heard is a confrontational document, in which more than 1,600 voices contribute to an overview of the appalling actions across the company.
Change is coming. The review demands it, with a 17-point set of recommendations.
One such call is for a “recognition statement” from industry leaders, including artists, who should deliver a united message acknowledging the harm “caused by sexual abuse, sexual harassment, bullying and systemic discrimination in the contemporary music industry”.
Recommendation 9 also addresses the need for a commitment to cultural reform across the industry, including accountability; and a commitment to implement the recommendations contained in this report.
This “statement of recognition” has been circulated and includes dozens of signatories from across the industry, including APRA AMCOS, ARIA, Mushroom Group, TEG and the three major music companies.
Read the full message below:
Music Industry Joint Statement of Recognition
September 1, 2022
Today, the music industry’s review of sexual harms, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination, Raising Their Voices, was released. The report provides a blueprint for how we can act to make the music industry safer, more inclusive, more respectful and ultimately stronger. The report is based on solid evidence, drawing on a survey of almost 1,300 people and the stories of more than 300 people in the music industry who spoke or wrote directly to the review team. .
As leaders of Australia’s contemporary music industry, we accept the distressing conclusions of the review. We acknowledge the harm documented by the review and we apologize.
This review has been a vital process of listening and truth. We thank all participants for their courage to speak up, to courageously relive their experiences, and to engage in this critical report. We recognize the impact of these behaviors on the lives of the surviving victims of our industry.
Everyone has the right to work in an environment free from intimidation, 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. The music industry should – and will – foster safe, welcoming, respectful, creative and fun environments.
We have listened and heard your calls for change. We can and will continue to do better. We all can.
As leaders and members of the music community, we all have a responsibility to be an example of courageous leadership and do our best to stop bad and destructive behavior. We urge everyone in the music industry to continue working with us to implement lasting, long-term change for the better. We all have a personal and professional responsibility to make our culture the best it can be.
We are committed to working on the report’s recommendations, doing the necessary work and being accountable, to ensure our industry’s workplaces are safe, inclusive and respectful. Our work has already begun, and it won’t stop until we have a safe culture for all.
[PIAS] Australia and inertial music
Association of Artist Managers
Australian Arts Council
Australian Festival Association
Australian Association of Independent Record Companies
Australian Live Music Business Council
Australian Music Center
Australian Music Industry Network
Central Station Records
Country Music Association of Australia
electronic music conference
Eleven: a music company
Future classical recordings
John Watson Management
Australia Live Performances
Media Arts Lawyers
Body Type Consulting Services
Multicultural Arts Victoria
Native Tongue Music Publishing & Concord Australia
Nettwerk Music Group
Peninsula Hot Springs
red rebel music
Songlines Aboriginal Music Society
Sony Music Entertainment UK
Sony Music Publishing Australia
Make it sweat
TMRW Music Group
UNIFIED Music Group
Universal Music Australia
Warner Chappell Music Australia
Warner Music Australia
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