Electronic music organisations including Pioneer DJ, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, AFEM, Mixmag, RA, IMS, and Women in CTRL have partnered with the ground-breaking platform, InChorus, to launch the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII, pron. Emmy) to take a data-led approach to create more inclusive environments across the industry.
The first phase of EMII’s work will be focused on research into harassment & discrimination across the sector. From today, anyone working in the Electronic Music industry will be able to access InChorus’ survey at electronicmusic.inchorus.org in order to anonymously speak up about microaggressions and other forms of harassment.
AFEM General Manager, Greg Marshall said: “The survey will be available for four weeks, and will offer key insights into behavioural trends affecting the industry. This first step for the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative is to provide new insights on harassment, bias and discrimination issues within our culture, and inform the next steps we can collectively take as an industry to address them.”
The electronic music industry has been determined to act following numerous claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and toxic cultures. As such, the initiative is driven by feedback from across the industry – creatives, music professionals, and the infrastructure around the music industry – who have cited instances where inequality exists. All EMII partners stand in solidarity with a shared goal: to strive for real, proactive change and greater inclusion.
As the lead partner, Pioneer DJ’s General Manager, Mark Grotefeld commented, Diversity and inclusion are key priorities for Pioneer DJ. We are proud to support the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative in order 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 the research is collated, EMII will release the findings back to the wider industry. The initiative has a clear mandate to avoid data for data’s sake. Instead, EMII will use the insights to highlight high-impact steps that organisations can take and to offer targeted resources & support to individuals across the sector in order to promote inclusion within the ecosystem.
Co-Founder of InChorus, Rosie Turner commented: “We all have a duty to prevent harassment of all kinds, and in order to enable change, cultivate a speak-up culture across the electronic music sector. Ultimately, cultures are shaped by the inappropriate behaviours that are tolerated every day. We are serious about culture change and believe that bringing actionable data to this conversation is key, as what is measured can be improved.”
To participate and speak up about your experiences, you can find more info HERE