Over the last few weeks, women working in arts, culture, media and entertainment have spoken out about sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace. Thousands more have shared their stories across social media using the hashtags #metoo, #himthough and others.
We are here to offer support and guidance if you face sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse at work.
If you are an employed or self-employed musician, regardless of which part of the industry you work in, you can talk to us.
Contact your Regional Office for advice and assistance:
Every office has at least one female member of staff. If you would prefer to speak to a female member of staff, you can ask to do so at any point.
All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence and no action will be taken on your behalf without your prior consent.
Naomi Pohl, Musicians' Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary, says:
“Over the years we have dealt with many individual cases, but this is the first time we have glimpsed the true scale of the problem faced by women working in music. It’s horrific to see how much has been tolerated or dismissed as part and parcel of the job. Let’s hope this is the beginning of real change.
“Traditionally, the MU is approached when harassment or discrimination occurs in an employment situation or when it has affected a musician’s ability to get work. This might be an advert calling for attractive female violinists, for example, or an inappropriate dress policy, or where someone has suffered sustained harassment in a place of employment and wants to put in a grievance.
“I would like to re-assure members that we can offer advice if sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation occurs in any aspect of their career in music. Our advice and support is here for freelancers as well as employed musicians.
“If you have suffered inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, of any kind, please get in touch and we will listen.”