Electronic music organisations Pioneer DJ, Beatport, Sentric Music Group, AFEM, Mixmag, RA, IMS, and Women in CTRL partner with 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 and discrimination across the sector. From now, 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 micro-aggressions 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 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 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.
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.
“We all have a duty to prevent harassment of all kinds and cultivate a speak up culture across the EDM sector that enables change. 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.