In light of recently published data and testimonials which continue to illuminate the pervasive sexual abuse occurring throughout the music industry, the UK-based Musicians' Union (MU) is calling on their government to implement stronger workplace protections for industry professionals.
A new internal MU poll conducted prior to the pandemic revealed that nearly half of all members (48%) report having experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. The numbers are backed by some heartbreaking anonymous testimonials, which detail patterns of abuse due to imbalanced power dynamics and a normalization of sexually explicit behaviors.
"It's unacceptable that so many artists, musicians, employees, and freelancers have suffered abuse at work and that many have left the industry as a result," said Deputy General Secretary of the MU, Naomi Pohl. "With more women stepping forward to share their experiences, it’s vital the industry adopts a zero-tolerance approach to ensure everyone in the creative arts is protected as they return to work."
The MU explains it is essential that the industry adopt a zero tolerance policy towards harassment to effectively uphold the goals of the #MeToo movement. The organization additionally says the government's intervention will help develop a proactive approach towards mitigating the risk of harassment occurring in the future.
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The MU is requesting fans, industry professionals, and musicians alike join the organization's Supporter Programme to push the initiative.