Music Commission Statement

January 26th 2021
All workplaces, no matter how un-traditional, should be safe places without discrimination and harassment.

The recent stories of inappropriate and harmful behavior in the music industry are simply unacceptable. We applaud the bravery of those who have come forward.


If you have experienced harm and need someone to talk to, HELP is a specialist sexual harm crisis agency that it is available 24/7 nationwide on 0800 623 1700 (you can call anonymously), email at info@helpauckland.org.nz, or directly via its website – www.helpauckland.org.nz. HELP can provide information, support and practical assistance to anyone who has experienced sexual harm, and anyone supporting a friend or family member who has experienced harm.

The Music Commission is a member of SoundCheck Aotearoa, the action group formed in 2020 as part of a music sector response to the Massey University ‘Amplify’ research and the reports of harm by music related people in Wellington that were published late last year.

All workplaces, no matter how un-traditional, should be safe places without discrimination and harassment. The Music Commission is committed to working to make this the reality for everyone.

The Music Commission is also committed to working on a Code of Conduct with our SoundCheck partners for all the music industry, and having a robust and confidential complaints process in place so people have somewhere safe to go when the Code is breached. We will support initiatives aimed at preventing and addressing sexual harm, discrimination and bullying in the music sector, using best-practice, independent specialists. We commit to this for the foreseeable future - not just for the coming months.

The link to the full SoundCheck statement from Sunday is below. SoundCheck will be making further announcements about how those in our community can participate in consultation and advisory processes soon.

 

https://soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/SoundCheck-Aotearoa-statement-for-website-updated.pdf

 

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