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End Sexual Harassment at Work

Help change the law to protect all self-employed musicians.

48%* musicians have experienced sexual harassment at work
85%* did not report it
61%* believe freelancers are at higher risk of being sexually harassed while working

Freelancers like musicians often miss out on protection from sexual harassment at work. That’s why we’re calling on the Government to protect freelancers too.

* Source: MU member research of 700+ participants, conducted in 2019.

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Behind Every Musician

Government Response to Consultation

The MU welcomes Government’s commitment to introducing a mandatory duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment at work. But it does not adequately protect all of our members. Government must ensure the duty protects freelancers too.

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Hundreds of Festivals Sign Up to AIF Safer Spaces Campaign

The UK's Association Of Independent Festivals has relaunched its Safer Spaces campaign today, with more than a hundred festivals on board. The aim is to tackle and combat sexual violence at festivals and large-scale music events.

Published: 17 May 2022

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MU Welcomes Proposal For Independent Standards Authority

Creative UK and UK Time’s Up proposal for a formal Independent Standards Authority will seek to strengthen efforts to tackle bullying and harassment, and drive greater accountability across the UK’s creative industries.

Published: 05 May 2022

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MU Reacts to Reports of Abuse of Black Women By a Prominent DJ

Recent reports of Tim Westwood’s decades of abuse of Black women are yet another example of the power imbalances in the music industry that allow men to use their positions of power to abuse women over lengthy periods of time without consequence.

Published: 29 April 2022

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In this episode on "Sexism and sexual harassment in the music industry" Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary of the Musicians'  Union, talks to Katie on Music Works podcast about the problems of discrimination and harassment musicians can face, and how the Union has created their online Safe Space facility to help victims report incidents in confidence and receive the support they need.

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Anyone who believes they have been the victim of inappropriate sexual or discriminatory conduct can contact MU Safe Space

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