Fighting Against Music Industry Sexual Abuse
by Tim Redford, Dec 27, 2017 . 3 min read
On the heels of recent scandals in Hollywood, the world has taken a hard look at itself and its relationship with sexual harassment and assault. As women in the movie industry have banded together to make change and shed light on these dark criminal acts, women are also standing up against music industry sexual abuse.
Stop2018 in the United Kingdom
Stop2018 was put together by several UK artists and managers who were inspired by Hollywood to battle with the toxic silence they also found in their world. The campaign sets out four main demands which they believe can start to bring equality and safety back into their music industry.
“ 1. That industry trade organisations such as UK Music set up a safe place where anyone working in the industry can speak in confidence knowing that they will not be the ones who have to suffer repercussions.
2. All music companies to rethink their strategies, and stop working with individuals and other companies who exhibit any predatory or bullying behavior whether it be an employee, an artist, a producer, or a manager, a lawyer, a publicist or an agent or anyone associated with the business, however powerful and successful they may be. We are aware of organisations promoting individuals, knowing they they have had sexual assault allegations made against them. This has to stop.
3. We believe the lack of respect women receive starts at the very beginning of their careers and are calling for women to be paid the same as men and to receive the same benefits in the work place. We want to see an end to the common practice that when men and women are hired at the same time, the man is often given more assistance and offered better opportunities to advance their careers – we want to see women offered the same promotion opportunities as men.
4. We are calling for an end to managers and labels telling artists they need to wear provocative clothing to or flirt with executives to be successful.”
They’re reaching out for names and support on their main site, if these four goals are met it would be a revolution deeply needed by those who bring us some of the world’s greatest music.
#MeNoMore in Australia
The #MeToo hashtag where people opened up en masse about their experiences in sexual assault inspired a #MeNoMore hashtag down under where countless women in the Australian music industry also suffer without a voice.
It began as an open letter signed by hundreds of supporters in the industry. From there it went on to feature anonymous stories of abuse on their site in a snowball effort to rally support.
A New Hope
Whether it’s shocking to you and I that this abuse exists, or the shock is that it’s taken us this long to raise our voices against it, let’s applaud everyone involved for their bravery and willingness to steer the music industry into a new era of truth. Let’s stand with them.