Dignity at work: Discrimination in the music sector

In the wake of recent revelations regarding inappropriate behaviour in many different settings, concerns have been raised in the music sector about incidents of discrimination including sexual harassment.

The ISM is committed to working on a collaborative basis to improve the workplace for musicians and to secure change on a long-term basis. As part of this approach, the ISM is seeking to understand the extent and nature of these issues which will help us formulate practical solutions to change the workplace for the better. In November 2017, we launched a survey which asked musicians to offer their suggestions as to how we can improve the culture and conditions in which all musicians work, and to share their personal experiences with us on a completely anonymous basis. This survey is now closed and the final report is being prepared.

All ISM members have access to confidential advice from experienced in-house employment lawyers by contacting the ISM legal team at [email protected] or by contacting our 24-hour advice line on 01275 376 038. The ISM also runs a counselling helpline on 0800 042 0136.

The interim report, which captures data received between Thursday 2 November to Monday 27 November 2017, is available to view or download below.