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The dust is still settling from the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, but there’s another inquiry afoot that deserves plenty of attention.

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has been taking evidence for its ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry, and this week the Musicians’ Union’s response was published, informed by a survey of its women and non-binary members in June this year.

You can read the full response here, and the MU’s summary of its key points and recommendations here.

The latter include extending discrimination and harassment protections to freelancers; making NDAs “unenforceable for anything other than their original purpose, the prevention of sharing confidential business information and trade secrets”; and improving anti-harassment and discrimination policies, equality, diversity and inclusion training, and complaint reporting mechanisms within the music industry.

“Whilst misogyny, sexism and abuse are not unique to the music industry, there are some factors to consider that make these behaviours more likely and much harder to tackle in music,” said MU general secretary Naomi Pohl.

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