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Parliamentary enquiry into misogyny within music issues call for evidence

Evidence for the enquiry is being accepted until July 17

By Nick Reilly

A woman plays guitar (Picture: Pexels)
A woman plays guitar (Picture: Pexels)

A new parliamentary inquiry that aims to investigate misogyny within the music industry is currently accepting evidence from those who have been directly affected or who have information that could aid the investigation.

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee first announced the Misogyny in Music inquiry last month to investigate the extent of the issue within the industry.

Evidence is now being accepted here until Sunday July 17, alongside an explanation of all the relevant criteria needed for submissions.

An official description of the inquiry states: “In recent years, a number of studies and reports have brought to light the extent to which women working within the music industry experience sexism, including allegations of harassment and coercive control. The Committee’s inquiry will explore the sexism experienced by women within the industry, but will also look at the representation of women within music and the effect of this on consumers. The inquiry will also focus on harassment at festivals and other live music events.”

As written on the official committee website, it is hoped that written submissions are able to address any or all of the following topics:  

  • What correlation exists, if any, between misogynistic lyrics and violence against women and girls? 
  • What types of support exists for women experiencing sexism or misogyny in the music industry? How can they report problems or abuse? 
  • How safe do women and girls feel at live music concerts and festivals? 
  • What expectations are there on women working in the music industry compared to men?  
  • What steps should the Government and other industry bodies take to tackle misogynistic and sexist attitudes towards women in music? 

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Caroline Nokes MP, said: “Music is a huge cornerstone of our culture. We must question the effect that constant misogynistic references to women in lyrics has on society. We must also address the seemingly commonplace stories of sexist and unfair treatment of artists and professionals within the industry. Our inquiry looks to uncover the full extent of misogyny in music, its broader effects, and ask what we as lawmakers can do.”