None of those girls need their story informed, none of them ever formally complained. Nor ought to they must. This sort of behaviour simply shouldn’t occur.
The Australian music trade is lorded over by a small group of oligarchs who management all the facility, whether or not it’s the facility to make or break an artist’s profession or to resolve who the workplace receptionist is. From the surface the trade appears to be like enjoyable, thrilling and glamorous. On the within the reality is rather more grim.
You do as you’re informed and if you happen to don’t you’ll undergo.
In Australia, the music trade is run by highly effective males with fragile egos who will do no matter it takes to guard their kingdom. That’s to not say it’s simply the individuals on the high of organisations; it will also be the sycophants and lieutenants they encompass themselves with.
The worldwide music trade hasn’t been proof against the Me Too motion. A number of artists have been accused of horrendous behaviour in the direction of girls (Marilyn Manson being probably the most notable lately), however the trade’s powerbrokers had remained comparatively unscathed.
That was till final month when stuff.co.nz launched an investigation into inappropriate behaviour by Lorde’s former supervisor Scott Maclachlan. That investigation noticed him admit to “years of dangerous behaviour” earlier than he was dumped from report label Warner. A flood of allegations towards others within the New Zealand music trade has begun.
Now, it may very well be Australia’s flip. Whereas the Beneath The Glass Ceiling account is nameless and not one of the posts reveal who’s making the allegations or who’s accused, that hasn’t stopped individuals within the trade speculating.
WhatsApp teams have begun popping up the place individuals guess, or declare to know, who the posts are about.
Who’s the group that tour to colleges with one member who was “grooming a 14-year-old woman”?
Who’s the break-out artist who has “damage a number of girls, but is protected by the group round them”?
Which firm is compelling “victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and underage sexting to signal non-disclosure agreements and providing payouts to guard perpetrators”?
Which highly effective music trade government informed a feminine staffer “on this trade, getting in your knees will get you additional than brains will”?
These tales keep nameless for 2 causes. Firstly, anybody who’s courageous sufficient to talk out towards the higher echelon of Australian music is more likely to be punished by the trade extra broadly. Your entire trade runs on repute and being seen to destroy one won’t bode effectively for future employment.
Secondly, Australia’s harsh defamation legal guidelines have seen victims sued for daring to talk out and the media organisations who’ve dared to share their story punished financially. The urge for food inside newsrooms for being sued is low and the burden of proof required is commonly not possible to realize.
However the trade is preserving an in depth eye on Beneath The Glass Ceiling. A few of Australian music’s strongest figures comply with the account and we are able to solely hope it’s encouraging them to verify not solely their behaviour, but additionally warn their colleagues that what they’re doing is improper.
Beneath The Glass ceiling shouldn’t must exist, however I’m glad it does.
Nathanael Cooper is a senior tradition author at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with a give attention to music.