Nearly 360 women have signed an open letter protesting the sexual harassment they have faced working in the music industry in Australia. Among those who have signed the letter include Courtney Barnett, sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, folk band All Our Exes Live in Texas and hundreds of other women working in all aspects of the business.
The letter uses the hashtag #MeNoMore to try and expose how large the problem is across the business. They are looking to change attitudes and actions by everyone in it.
“We all have our own stories, or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers,” says the letter. “We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music. In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more.”
The letter also includes stories of harassment by fellow bandmates, bosses at publishing companies, managers and booking agencies.
This echoes a similar letter that was created and signed by nearly 2,000 women in the Swedish music industry.
“Together, we give a voice to these issues and demand zero tolerance for sexual harassment, violence, objectification and sexist behaviours. There is no place for sexual entitlement in the workplace and in our industry. Change starts today,” the letter continues. “To future workers of the Australian music industry – this is for you. We will continue to fight together so that one day, we can all work safely in a respectful, inclusive and supportive industry.”
Read the full letter here.