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We invite you to share your stories of sexual harrassment in the music industry. We will omit names to protect identities.


Our Stories


At a yearly company event at a major label in 2014, I walked up to the SVP, A+R and said “hello!” He grabbed my waist, pulled me in and tried to kiss me. I pushed him away and said "NO NO NO" he then grabbed me again to try to kiss me. I pushed him away and asked if he needed a glass of water. He grabbed me & whispered "yes, but I want more." HR called me a liability, he left in 2017.

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VP of Finance at a major label, verbally abused me and sexually harassed me to the point that I was having breakdowns. Told me I only got to where I was b/c I was pretty. I had Pretty Girl Syndrome and no one actually believes that I am capable. Yelled that he was in love with me and how dare I treat him as 'just' friend. I'm ungrateful and will have to sleep my way up. HR called me a liability.

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Realizing that I have suffered countless setbacks in my career because I refused to give in to sexual advances to receive assignments from editors. Watching the male gatekeepers wield their power to blackball you if you refuse their advances.

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Where to begin? The lead singer of a band I opened for on my first tour at 20 years old forced me to perform oral sex. Later on we ended up signing to the same label and I was put on tour with him again. That label's CEO routinely commented on my looks in emails/ cc'd to coworkers (once he remarked I looked "sexy" but that he didn't mean it "in a creepy way.") Another superior initiated "dirty dancing" with me at a holiday party and groped my ass in front of staff. I felt humiliated.

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I was barely eighteen and trying my hand at band management, which included booking some all-ages daytime sets at a popular NYC venue. When a big headliner was announced and I tried to get my band on the bill, one employee cornered me and "offered", aggressively, to give them the slot in exchange for a blowjob. I weaseled my way out, thankfully. It still infuriates me that this happened, all the more for how long I thought of it as a "narrow miss" that "prepared me" for the industry.

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I was working at an independent record label. At a showcase, the biggest artist signed to the label drunkenly reached up my shorts, pulled my underwear aside, and put his fingers on my vagina. I pulled away and immediately told my coworkers, who were standing around us, what had happened. They laughed it off. Back in the office the next week, I again told the story. I was ignored once again. It changed my perception of my work environment. I felt unsafe and eventually quit

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I watched a manager make one of my female coworkers deeply uncomfortable at a business dinner. When I went to our supervisors (who were both male) with my concerns, they ignored us. This is nowhere near the worst story I could tell.

SUBMIT YOUR STORY


We invite you to share your stories of sexual harrassment in the music industry. We will omit names to protect identities.


Our Stories


At a yearly company event at a major label in 2014, I walked up to the SVP, A+R and said “hello!” He grabbed my waist, pulled me in and tried to kiss me. I pushed him away and said "NO NO NO" he then grabbed me again to try to kiss me. I pushed him away and asked if he needed a glass of water. He grabbed me & whispered "yes, but I want more." HR called me a liability, he left in 2017.

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VP of Finance at a major label, verbally abused me and sexually harassed me to the point that I was having breakdowns. Told me I only got to where I was b/c I was pretty. I had Pretty Girl Syndrome and no one actually believes that I am capable. Yelled that he was in love with me and how dare I treat him as 'just' friend. I'm ungrateful and will have to sleep my way up. HR called me a liability.

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Realizing that I have suffered countless setbacks in my career because I refused to give in to sexual advances to receive assignments from editors. Watching the male gatekeepers wield their power to blackball you if you refuse their advances.

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Where to begin? The lead singer of a band I opened for on my first tour at 20 years old forced me to perform oral sex. Later on we ended up signing to the same label and I was put on tour with him again. That label's CEO routinely commented on my looks in emails/ cc'd to coworkers (once he remarked I looked "sexy" but that he didn't mean it "in a creepy way.") Another superior initiated "dirty dancing" with me at a holiday party and groped my ass in front of staff. I felt humiliated.

*

I was barely eighteen and trying my hand at band management, which included booking some all-ages daytime sets at a popular NYC venue. When a big headliner was announced and I tried to get my band on the bill, one employee cornered me and "offered", aggressively, to give them the slot in exchange for a blowjob. I weaseled my way out, thankfully. It still infuriates me that this happened, all the more for how long I thought of it as a "narrow miss" that "prepared me" for the industry.

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I was working at an independent record label. At a showcase, the biggest artist signed to the label drunkenly reached up my shorts, pulled my underwear aside, and put his fingers on my vagina. I pulled away and immediately told my coworkers, who were standing around us, what had happened. They laughed it off. Back in the office the next week, I again told the story. I was ignored once again. It changed my perception of my work environment. I felt unsafe and eventually quit

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I watched a manager make one of my female coworkers deeply uncomfortable at a business dinner. When I went to our supervisors (who were both male) with my concerns, they ignored us. This is nowhere near the worst story I could tell.

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This was nearly 10 years ago, but I was raped by a DC DIY scene punk guy at a house party at the now defunct Corpse Fortress. I was 17 and this was how I lost my virginity, blacked out on malt liquor in the back of a mini-van. I woke up with my bra twisted in the back and one of my socks missing.

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