16 Apr 2021
by michelle.ng | News
The music industry is rife with underlying discrimination, bias, and harassment. Sometimes, these forms of harassment arise as micro-aggressions - seemingly overlooked as ‘it’s just the way it is’ with a casual shrug.
The Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII) wants to create a safe space where no incident is ‘not a big deal’, and to create an inclusive ecosystem where creatives and music professionals can coexist equally. Issues like gender pay disparity and toxic workplace cultures has been plaguing the electronic music industry. And there’s no better time to start this change.
Partnering up with key music partners like Pioneer DJ, Mixmag Magazine, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, Association For Electronic Music, Resident Advisor, IMSE and Women In CTRL, the initiative is taking a data-led approach with actionable changes to change current behavioural trends. They will be kickstarting with an online survey to gather first-hand insights.
For the next four weeks, anyone who is working in the electronic music scene and industry can take part in the online survey. Other than those working in music labels and artists, anyone including those in the studios, behind the scenes at festivals, and even at clubs can share about their experiences of microaggressions or other forms of harassment. Every submission is anonymous, so there’s no need to worry about being singled out for speaking up!
As lead partner, Pioneer DJ’s General Manager, Mark Grotefeld added: “We are proud to support the EMII in order to push for systemic change across the industry. We hope this will continue and progress and empower individuals to share their experiences of bias and harassment and encourage the industry to adopt robust listening tools that enable targeted action and progress.”
The data and responses collected will help contribute to the bigger goal of creating a safe and equal environment. With the goal of inclusivity in mind, EMII will then release their findings to instigate change and use the insights to highlight high-impact steps to support organisations.
Submit your experiences through the anonymous survey here.