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Addressing harassment & discrimination in the electronic music industry

Several renowned dance brands have teamed up to launch EMII, an initiative to create inclusive environments in electronic music.

A positive move has been made to promote inclusivity within electronic music. A new initiative called the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII) has been launched to encourage a speak-up culture and deal with harassment and discrimination in the electronic music industry.

Many organisations have come together to launch the EMII; they include Pioneer, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), Mixmag, Resident Advisor, International Music Summit (IMS), and Women in CTRL partner with anonymous reporting platform InChorus.

The first part of the initiative’s work will focus on research into harassment and discrimination across the industry. Anyone working within the electronic music industry can access the InChorus survey to anonymously speak up about any form of harassment or discrimination they have experienced or witnessed.

The survey is available for four weeks. It will help provide insights into behavioural trends impacting the electronic music industry. This, in turn, should help to inform us on the next steps we can take collectively as an industry, to make the industry a more inclusive and safe place for everyone, commented Greg Marshall, General Manager of AFEM.

In light of numerous claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and toxic cultures – the industry needed to make an effort to act. All EMII partners stand together with the shared goal:

“To strive for real, pro-active change and greater inclusion.”

Lead partner Mark Grotefeld, Pioneer DJ’s General Manager said:

“Diversity and inclusion are key priorities for Pioneer DJ. We are proud to support the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative to push for systemic change across the industry. We hope this will continue the 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.”

Once research has been collected, the EMII will release the findings to the industry. The initiative will highlight steps of high impact that organisations can adopt while offering targeted resources and support to individuals across the industry to promote inclusion within the industry.

If you wish to report anonymously any harassment, discrimination or speak up about your experiences and find out more information about the EMII please visit – electronicmusic.inchorus.org

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