A group of music-industry lawyers have set out the path from #MeToo to #WeTogether in an opinion piece published by Billboard. Monika Tashman of Fox Rothschild, Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law, Debbie White of Loeb & Loeb and Jessie Winkler of LaPolt Law signed the piece, which suggests that “it is time to change the rules, not just by raising our voices in a chorus of condemnation, but by taking concrete action” to combat sexual harassment and gender inequality within the industry.

“We believe that the first step is to make a clear statement of standards and expectations in all service agreements across the music industry including, without limitation, artist agreements, employee agreements, management and agency agreements, production related agreements (producer, mixer, side artists) and employee manuals which includes specific language that declares a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and discrimination and a specific protocol to address violations,” is their first suggestion.

“To knit lasting change into the fabric of the music industry and to make #MeToo a thing of the past, we ask each of our esteemed colleagues to negotiate hard to get anti-harassment language woven into all service agreements, to make it part of the basic boilerplate and/or the standard asks in any negotiation.” The full piece outlines other potential measures, from anti-harassment and anti-bias training for all employees, to educating managers about power relationships, and ensuring reports of harassment are heard and treated seriously.

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