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APRA AMCOS wholeheartedly supports Music Industry Review

Media Published Thursday 9 December 2021

APRA AMCOS is proud to support a national Music Industry Review on sexual harm, sexual harassment, and systemic discrimination in the contemporary music industry, which was announced today.

The Review, to be auspiced by Support Act, will span six months. The Review will be industry-wide and cover all sectors and professions in the national contemporary music industry. A final report will be delivered in June 2022, identifying key issues and themes, and sustainable recommendations with impact, for the industry to implement.

“This is a pivotal moment for all of us in the Australian music industry. We have heard and experienced the challenging disclosures, the stories of hurt and harm, the indisputable evidence of high rates of bullying and harassment, the calls for accountability, for inclusion, for reform and for safe space. Do we step up and meet this moment and live up to the full potential of our creative promise? For APRA AMCOS, the answer is a clear ‘yes’. Yes, on behalf of our music creator and publisher members, our Boards and our staff, we want to be part of a better way forward and to doing the work that we must do to effect change. That’s why we’ve supported and enabled the effort to conduct this Review from the very beginning. We acknowledge the difficult and important work done by the members of the Group and by our other partners in this work and thank them for their foundational contribution. We confidently endorse the quality of the consultants that have been selected to do this work. We also acknowledge and thank the many other individuals who have participated in and contributed to progressing this work to this point.

“We need our colleagues in the industry to meet us in this work and urge you to come forward with support, financially and in kind. Together we can do what our industry has not been able to do before: identify the drivers and risk factors that are making our industry unsafe and develop a framework for action to address harassment, discrimination and sexual harm. If we can get behind this Review together, we stand a better chance of building up the momentum and collective action that enabling that change will require once the Report is delivered,” said Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive.

APRA AMCOS encourages anyone in the music industry to join a briefing on Monday 13 December at 1pm AEDT to hear from the appointed consultants Alexandra Shehadie and Sam Turner, their methodology and approach to this work, and how to be heard and get involved.

Register to attend the briefing via Eventbrite.

For updates on the rollout of the Music Industry Review, please visit their website, and subscribe to the newsletter.

If you or someone you know needs support, there is help available:

Support Act Helpline: 1800 959 500

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

Lifeline Hotline: 13 11 14 or text their helpline on 0477 13 11 14

SANE 1800 187 263