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A safer music industry

Posted Bydawn

Music·Musique NB is dedicated to fostering a safer New Brunswick music industry, where everyone is free of harassment, abuse and discrimination.

Our industry needs to be safer and inclusive for all. We have a collective responsibility to neither ignore nor tolerate abusive actions or words.

We, at Music•Musique NB, take this responsibility seriously. We are diligent about educating ourselves and our members on this issue. We do not tolerate unprofessional behaviours in our workplace, be it at a desk or on the stage.

We are also aware of our own powerlessness. Our industry doesn't have an HR department ready to investigate and intervene when there is a problem. Artists and industry professionals work in a variety of spaces, each operating independently. They are self-employed, and rely on word-of-mouth and the community’s good will to keep doing business. We are frustrated that we don't have the resources or the authority to ensure that our music industry is a source of joy and connections for all.

So, we can't fix everything right now, but that doesn't mean there is no next step. We have created an online form to document reports, complaints and witness accounts. While that is not enough on its own, we will continue working on making the NB music industry a safer and more respectful space.