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The UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, held by its Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, ultimately proved most awkward for major rightsholders. Now another of the parliament’s committees,  the Women and Equalities Committee, is preparing its own investigation.

This time it’s not economics under the microscope, but misogyny – in the industry and the music it puts out. The committee has put out a call for evidence focusing around five key 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? And what steps should the Government and other industry bodies take to tackle misogynistic and sexist attitudes towards women in music?

The deadline for submissions is 17 July.

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Stuart Dredge

Music Ally's Head of Insight

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