Music Industry Joint Statement of Acknowledgement
Today the Music Industry Review into Sexual Harm, Sexual Harassment and Systemic Discrimination report, Raising Their Voices, was released. The report provides a blueprint on how we can take action to make the music industry safer, more inclusive, more respectful, and ultimately stronger. The report is based on robust evidence, drawing on a survey of almost 1,300 and the stories of over 300 music industry people who spoke to or wrote directly to the Review team.
As leaders in the Australian contemporary music industry, we accept the distressing findings of the Review. We acknowledge the harm documented by the Review, and we are sorry.
This Review has been a vital process of listening and truth telling. We thank all the participants for their courage in speaking out, in bravely re-living their experiences, and engaging in this critical report. We acknowledge the impact of these behaviours on the lives of victim survivors from our industry.
Everyone has the right to work in an environment free from bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination. As disturbing and confronting as the findings are, the Australian music industry is committed to change and to rebuilding trust. The music industry should – and will – foster safe, welcoming, respectful, creative, and fun environments.
We have been listening and have 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 model courageous leadership and do our best to bring an end to poor and destructive behaviour. We urge all in the music industry to continue working with us to implement long-term, sustainable 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 through the recommendations of the report, doing the necessary work and being accountable, to ensure our industry workplaces are safe, inclusive, and respectful. Our work has already started, and it will not stop until we have a culture that is safe for all.
[PIAS] Australia and Inertia Music
Association of Artist Managers
Australia Council for the Arts
Australian Festivals Association
Australian Independent Record Labels Association
Australian Live Music Business Council
Australian Music Centre
Australian Music Industry Network
Catherine Haridy Management
Central Station Records
Country Music Association of Australia
Electronic Music Conference
Eleven: A Music Company
Future Classic Recordings
John Watson Management
Live Performance Australia
Media Arts Lawyers
Morph Consulting Services
Multicultural Arts Victoria
Native Tongue Music Publishing & Concord Australia
Nettwerk Music Group
Peninsula Hot Springs
Red Rebel Music
Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation
Sony Music Entertainment Australia
Sony Music Publishing Australia
Sweat It Out
TMRW Music Group
UNIFIED Music Group
Universal Music Australia
Warner Chappell Music Australia
Warner Music Australia
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The issues that the review is examining may cause distress and can be unsettling. Support Act offer a dedicated Sexual Health & Safety Helpline for artists, crew and music workers which is a free, confidential phone counselling service available to anyone who works in national music industry. It has trained Sexual Health & Safety experts for callers to speak with. It is accessible 24 hours a day by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia.
Remember: if you or someone you care about is in crisis or at immediate risk, dial 000.
You can also find support at a number of free helplines:
Support Act Helpline
1800 959 500 (Sexual Health and Safety Support Line – Option 5 on the Helpline)
1800 737 732
13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14
1800 187 263
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
1300 224 636