PRS for Music statement on House of Commons Committee Misogyny in Music report
Misogyny in any form is entirely unacceptable and today’s recommendations from House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee inquiry provide an opportunity for positive change. It is vital that we as an industry are the catalyst towards this change; as in any sector, there should be zero tolerance towards misogyny and sexism.
We continue to urge the industry, with support from the government, to implement robust policies to combat misogyny, sexual harassment, and discrimination in all its forms. Essential to this, is the need for independent, transparent, and accessible reporting mechanisms and improved representation of women in decision-making positions and senior leadership roles. *
We fully back positive industrywide initiatives like Keychange which support gender balance, as well as our own companywide schemes like ‘Speak Up’, which continue our commitment to fostering an inclusive organisation that values and embraces diversity.
Anyone who needs support should reach out to the Help Musicians helpline, staffed by highly trained call operators and open to anyone working in the music industry who is looking for help with bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, or the Musicians’ Union (MU) Safe Space scheme, which allows MU members to anonymously report incidents of sexual harassment.
Should you experience any such issues within the industry, our safeguarding webpage details organisations which may help you find services which provide professional expertise and support.
*As an organisation, we have been working to create an inclusive environment within PRS for Music, not least for women, who represent 45% of our employees. PRS for Music company policies include zero-tolerance on all types of discrimination, such as sexism and misogyny.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 165,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers around the globe. Headquartered in the UK, it works diligently on behalf of its members to grow and protect the value of their rights. With a focus on innovation and integrity, PRS for Music is redefining the global standard for music royalties to ensure creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2022, PRS for Music collected £964m and paid out £836.2m in royalties. prsformusic.com