Research: Harassment dominates the Finnish music industry

As many as 76 percent of music workers have experienced inappropriate behavior in the in the past five years. This is revealed by ’s research report, which is based on an online survey that examined harassment and inequality in the music sector.

Of the approximately 1,000 respondents, mostly women and non-binary people – as well as younger age groups and freelancers – had been exposed to inappropriate behavior, according to the survey.

Chairman of the Music Council and Communications Manager of the Musicians’ Association, Sanni Kahilainen, says defining “inappropriate behavior” can be a sensitive issue.

"This poll shows that many have been subjected to inappropriate comments and jokes. In such matters, you should trust your own instincts. If something feels wrong or isn’t okay, it’s not okay. This also applies to sexual harassment," Kahilainen tells Yle.

The ethnomusicologist adds that the results of the study do not surprise him.

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"What is most fascinating about this is the wide range of experiences of inappropriate behavior and in this area, and how little has been done to address these problems," he says.

Kahilainen also explains the vulnerability caused by short-term contracts and other freelance assignments. A non-permanent post can make it difficult to report victims if they are harassed. It can also be difficult to know where to go. When problems arise with short-term workers, the obligation for to intervene also decreases, he adds.

However, the situation may change this spring with the introduction of new guidelines for the music industry. of the changes brought about by the new guidance is the introduction of a contact person that is easily accessible regardless of the situation or location of the workplace.

"There is also talk of creating safer spaces and respecting each other. Also on identifying when a has been committed and when to contact the . Studies show that young people are better able to identify and perceive injustices," says Kahila.

Source: The Nordic Page


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