Our Mission Statement
The Sound of Progress is a network of individuals within the US music industry dedicated to transforming the #MeToo movement into action in our community. We are musicians, artists, professionals and patrons.
Our society operates from an intransigent conduct that has historically silenced the oppressed and kept abusers of power unpunished with legal protections and technicalities which they have maintained the platform to influence. To amend the errs of the past we must acknowledge that our strength is in our ability to organize and take a stand against further abuses of power, by way of vocalization, boycott and non-violent protest. Every allied voice must be heard, especially those typically at a disadvantage: women, POC, LGBTQ, non-binary, disabled individuals and minors. It is our belief that we must be strong enough to hear each other’s feedback, concerns and questions in order to help establish a new standard of universal equity.
It is our mission to help survivors of sexual misconduct and abuse in the music industry by operating as a resource, representative and touchstone for all related matters. We offer this network as a space for testimony and conversation, as well as a source to anyone seeking recourse, whether it be how to take appropriate action, respond, rebuild, receive aid, implement reform, or simply expand on the working narrative around abuse. Given the constantly evolving nature of this issue, we will continue sculpting our definitions and language around the voices in our network and expanding our verbal and physical resources. The privacy of the individuals in our community is paramount and we will keep everything shared in our network private unless explicitly indicated.
Abusers must be held accountable in order to keep our community safe. We are committed to improving strategies for safely identifying offenders while demanding responsibility, long-term accountability and when necessary, lawful or non-violent punitive action. We are ready to use the power of our collective voices to achieve real progress.
About Our Project
We are a collective of artists, musicians, photographers, educators, publicists, writers, executives, administrators, patrons and more working in the US music industry. We came together in social media groups to voice our concerns, share our stories, and offer encouragement to one another.
As Tarana Burke's #MeToo movement has gained momentum in the wake of the fall of a powerful Hollywood mogul, we have decided to take this opportunity to call for reform in our own industry. It has been empowering to witness a wave of accountability in the media across various industries with the removals of abusers. However, it is an epidemic that pervades all levels of work environments, and it is not possible to yield accountability across the board within power structures that lend little recourse for victims.
We hope to change the culture that has suppressed so many hard-working and valuable voices.