Dignity at work: Discrimination in the music sector

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 and 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.

The final report is now available to view by clicking on the button.

On 9 April 2018, ISM joint with Equity and the Musicians’ Union (MU) launched a joint anonymous and confidential survey open to all students over the age of 18 currently studying at a higher education institute, including universities and specialist music, drama and dance colleges.

Out of the 600 students who responded to the survey, over half of students said they had experienced some sort of incident – many more than one type - in the course of their study, with over 50% choosing not to report their concerns despite a high awareness of processes and procedures in place. Lack of anonymity and protection for students who report, collusion between lecturers, favouritism and bias and cultural issues within higher education institutions were cited as reasons not to report, amongst several others.

The Dignity in study report is now available to view by clicking on the button.

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

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.

Helplines

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, we also would encourage you to speak to one of the following organisations. They can provide support such as counselling and signposting of specific services to assist you in recovery and advise on reporting the incident to the police should you choose to:

Sexual Assault Referral Centre – dial 111 to find the nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They can provide immediate support and advice, including medical examinations and tests, and will not go to the police until you decide if you want to or not.

The ISM and the Musicians’ Union have launched a joint Code of Practice to help eradicate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector. The Code of Practice is a set of principles that aims to eradicate bullying, harassment, discrimination and other forms of inappropriate behaviour within the sector. These principles also aim to aid employers in meeting their legal requirements as well as setting out a shared vision for promoting and maintaining a positive working culture.