The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has recently launched a support service against sexual harassment for the electronic music industry.
This confidential support service, delivered by Health Assured, aims to provide advice and guidance to those affected.
Through this service, the organization and its members are keen to drive positive change in the industry and to ensure openness, inclusion and diversity in all aspects of electronic music. In addition, a code of conduct will be launched later in the year to allow AFEM members to reach the highest standards of behavior within their organizations.
The Association for Electronic Music is the global trade body of the electronic music industry, representing the interests of record labels, managers, promoters, publishers, clubs and all other related companies. Members include Live Nation, CAA, Three Six Zero, Red Light Management and Defected.
Mark Lawrence AFEM CEO said in a statement released during the launch, “Since its formation, AFEM has championed equality and inclusion as vital foundations of our industry and we unequivocally condemn sexual abuse and harassment of any kind. To step forward as a victim of abuse or harassment takes immense courage and we will support all who need help and guidance.
“We are working with our 150 plus members on how to unite as an industry against all forms of abuse and AFEM directs anyone who has been affected by abuse or harassment to an industry specific and confidential service operated by Health Assured on 0800 030 5182, (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182 <tel:+44%20800%20030%205182>) where trained experts will listen and support.
“This is a pivotal moment for society, industry and inclusivity and we must ensure that every opportunity is taken to support all victims. It is time to build a safe and supportive environment for everyone whatever their gender, ethnicity, sexual preference and age.”
Many in the electronic music industry lauded this move by the AFEM.
“While I’ve been lucky enough not to have had problems with sexual harassment throughout my career, I know the experiences of other females working in the music industry has been very different. This behavior has become normalized over the years and needs to be called out at every opportunity…We need to be vocal and stand as one – both women and men, to send the message this is not acceptable. And also very importantly ensure the guilty perpetrators are held responsible for their actions,” said DJ and producer Anja Schneider.
Fellow DJ and producer Nicole Moudaber also chimed in, saying, “There is no level of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct that we shouldn’t be outraged about. Women were made to feel throughout history that this behaviour is normal, well not anymore.”
“Without exception, every woman I know has either been the victim of sexual harassment or supported their closest friend through the aftermath…If you are someone who has suffered from sexual harassment, I encourage you to call this safe and confidential helpline so that you can begin to heal and those who assault and harass can face the consequences of their actions,” said DJ and producer B Traits.
DJ Magazine editor Carl Loben also aired his support, saying, “For too long, predatory men in positions of power have got away with it. Well, no longer. Setting up this confidential helpline for victims of sexual abuse in electronic music is an important first step during this watershed post-Weinstein moment for society, when the #metoo campaign has given many women the confidence to speak out. We all need to work together to end this abuse forever.”
AFEM’s Sexual Harrassment Support hotline can be reached by calling (+44) 800 030 5182. For more information about this initiative, visit the AFEM’s website at www.associationforelectronicmusic.org.