Women-Led Non-Profit Coalition Releases Report Exposing Rampant Rape Culture in Music Industry

Women-Led Non-Profit Coalition Releases Report Exposing Rampant Rape Culture in Music Industry

Report reveals over 35 musicians accused of sexual misconduct and over 18 executives accused of sexual assault, misconduct, or cover-up of crimes

(Los Angeles) – This Wednesday, a coalition of four women-led non-profits will launch a multi-month, aggressive advocacy campaign to hold the music industry accountable for sexual violence. The first stage of this coordinated campaign is the release of a report detailing the sexual abuse of women by artists, executives, and other prominent figures in the music industry. This comprehensive report chronicles the scathing history of seven decades of sexual abuse and coverup, from the 1950s to the present.

Survivors and allies will shed light on the pervasive culture of abuse and demand systemic change in the music industry by making five demands:

  1. No more NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) that silence survivors.
  2. Mandated policy protocols. If You See Something, Say Something.
  3. An independent organization funded by MusiCares – The Make Music Industry Safe Division.
  4. Publication of the names of artists and executives credibly accused of sexual assault and harassment.
  5. Adopt a survivor bill of rights.

Beyond releasing this report, this coalition will outline demands for reform, call for new legislative measures, demand congressional hearings, and more.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 1:00 pm PST

WHERE: Los Angeles. For press event location, please email makethemusicindustrysafe@gmail.com and provide press credentials.

LIVE STREAM: The press conference will be live-streamed on makemusicsafe.org.

Details of non-profit organizations co-releasing the report:

The Representation Project: The Representation Project (TRP) is the leading gender watchdog organization. Using film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, TRP inspires individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes and shift norms. Jennifer Siebel Newsom founded the organization in 2011 in response to the overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of her first film, Miss Representation.

Lift Our Voices: The mission of Lift Our Voices (LOV) is simple: to transform the American workplace, making it safer and more equitable for everyone. By organizing communities to change laws and policies, advocating for survivors, and promoting awareness for a safer and more inclusive workplace environment, we are rewriting the rules to ensure every worker has a voice.

The Punk Rock Therapist: The Punk Rock Therapist is a grassroots group of women who have dedicated their time, resources, hearts, and souls to supporting survivors of sexual assault in the music industry by providing free therapy sessions with a therapist who has walked the same path: from victim to survivor to thriver.

Female Composer Safety League: The Female Composer Safety League (FCSL) was conceived in 2018 and was launched shortly after. Its mission to advocate for the safety and inclusion of women composers serves a vital need in the male-dominated fields of film music, television music, concert music, video game music, and commercial composing.

This report is gathered from public information and detailed instances of reported sexual abuse, harassment, and related misconduct within the music industry carried out by artists, executives, managers, producers, and other prominent players. While there are lawsuits identifying some of these alleged perpetrators, many of these allegations have not been fully evaluated in a civil court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proven or substantiated in a court of law. All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


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