Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) acknowledge the findings released today by the Music Industry Review into Sexual Harm, Sexual Harassment and Systemic Discrimination in the report, Raising Their Voices.
The Music Industry Joint Statement Acknowledgement of Harm, of which ARIA and PPCA are signatories, may be viewed here.
ARIA and PPCA CEO, Annabelle Herd, said: “The findings of the Music Industry Review are completely unacceptable and distressing. We acknowledge the harm outlined in the report and the impact on the lives of victim survivors. We also acknowledge the exceptional work of the Review team and the members of the Temporary Working Group. We are committed to working tirelessly with the industry towards a workplace that is safe, equal, diverse, inclusive, and fun. That work has already started.
“Right now, our focus is on working through and implementing solutions for sustainable change based on the recommendations of the report. The report has called for industry leaders to take charge of the situation and that is exactly what we will do, beginning with the recommended industry acknowledgement of harm sent this morning. But today, ours is not the voice that must be heard. Instead, we only want to amplify the brave voices documented in this report.
“I encourage everyone to read the accounts of the victim survivors and reflect on their experiences. It is their courage and strength that has allowed us to take first step toward meaningful change and we owe it to them to do the work and make this industry the best it can be for generations of Australian music professionals to come.”
The Music Industry Review’s report, Raising Their Voices, can be viewed here.
Those who have experienced or are experiencing harm, or who require support in any form, may reach out to the below services.