Australia’s music industry launches its first cultural review – Billboard

It’s time for bad behavior in Australiamusic’s community.

Announced on Thursday (December 9), a first national review of its kind will investigate sexual harm, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination in the music industry. nowadays.

Consultants Alexandra Shehadie and Sam Turner will direct the six-month Country Music Industry Review, which combines a series of focus groups, face-to-face interviews, online surveys, and a submission process. Confidential online version begins in February 2022.

From there, a report will be submitted in June 2022 with the findings and reform recommendations at the end.

That final report will identify key issues and map out a roadmap for positive and sustainable change through a series of high-impact recommendations and actions, all of which will be “designed to ensuring the music industry has a safe, respectful and inclusive culture.” The mission statement.


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The quiz will be an open invitation for people working in the music industry to share their stories, from artist to artist manager, agency, crew, location, production, brands, publishers, promoters, studios, trade and top organizations, freelancers and more.

“This will be the first time that our people’s living experiences are the premise and center of a process of cultural change,” reads a statement. An opportunity “for people to share their stories, have their voices heard and suggest ideas on how the industry can become a safer, more inclusive and respected workplace”.

Review, sponsored by music industry charity Support Act, which was announced with support from lobbying agencies APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA and the Australian Council, and has a total target budget of A$400,000, for which the group is still fundraising.

All industry bodies welcomed today’s announcement. “Together,” said APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston, “we can do what our industry has not been able to do before: identify the drivers and risk factors that are driving the industry. our security is not safe and develop a framework of action to address sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse. ”

The project has taken its first steps six months ago at a meeting of industry members in Sydney, from which a working group was formed. Meeting convened by ARIA and PPCA Executive Director Annabelle herd.

“The music industry is very special, it’s full of inspirational, creative and passionate people who work hard and do what they love, but it’s still a place to work,” Herd commented. when launching Review. “No one should be bullied, sexually harassed or sexually assaulted while at work. I strongly support this ambitious and ground-breaking industry-wide review and call on industry businesses, organizations and individuals to make any possible contributions to this unique funding approach. establishment and decentralization of the assessment. ”

Australia’s music industry, so far away from the rest of the world, is finally facing #MeToo moment, with companies and leaders across the industry sending the message by 2021 that offensive behavior will no longer be tolerated.

In recent months, the domestic affiliates of Sony Music and Universal Music have conducted investigations into their own corporate culture, and several prominent professionals have been fired following the investigations.

The #MeToo movement took off when, in early October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired Facing the Music: Sony’s Music Scandal, a 47-minute documentary that lifted the veil on “culture of fear, harassment and bullying” in a workplace that Denis Handlin has led for 37 years. Handlin was ousted by Sony Music in June.

Just this week, Mushroom Group has severed ties with The Harbor Agency following complaints about the management of history and workplace culture at the ticketing agency.

For more information and updates on the review, visit Australia’s music industry launches its first cultural review – Billboard

Dais Johnston

Dais Johnston is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dais Johnston joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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