Electronic Music organisations Pioneer DJ, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, AFEM, Mixmag, RA, IMS, and Women in CTRL partner with ground-breaking platform, InChorus, to launch the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative (EMII, pron. Emmy) to take a data-led approach to creating 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.
The survey will be available for four weeks, and will offer key insights into the behavioural trends affecting the industry. This first step for the Electronic Music Inclusion Initiative is designed 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. commented AFEM General Manager, Greg Marshall.
The Electronic Music industry has been under immense pressure with claims of gender pay disparity and toxic workplace culture over recent years. The push for the initiative is driven by feedback from everyone within the industry – artists, music professionals, everyone involved in this effort – who have cited instances where inequality exists. All partners involved stand in solidarity in a common shared goal – to strive for real, pro-active change and inclusion.
As the lead partner, Pioneer DJ’s (AlphaTheta EMEA Ltd.) 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 collected over the four-week period, the EMII (pron. Emmy) will release the findings back to the wider industry. The initiative has a clear mandate to avoid ‘data for datas sake’. Instead, the initiative will embed data collection & action at the heart of the industry, using this to kick off targeted actions to promote inclusion.
“We have a duty to prevent harassment of all kinds and cultivate a ‘speak up’ culture across the 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,” commented Rosie Turner Co-Founder of InChorus.
Find out more here https://electronicmusic.inchorus.org/