Sally Anne Gross and George Musgrave give evidence for Commons ‘Misogyny in music’ report

9 February 2024

Sally Anne Gross and George Musgrave have contributed to a major new House of Commons report on misogyny in music. The report, which is published by The Women and Equalities Committee, highlights how women working in the music industry face limitations in opportunity, a lack of support, gender discrimination and sexual harassment and assault as well as the persistent issue of unequal pay in a sector dominated by self-employment and gendered power imbalances. The report also notes that, despite increases in representation, these issues are endemic and are intensified for women faced with intersectional barriers, particularly racial discrimination.

Thoughtout the report, work by Gross and Musgrave is highlighted and cited. With Gross and Musgrave noting that “routes into the music industry are varied. For musicians it ranges from formal channels of further and higher education to self-promotion and discovery via word of mouth, social media and high-profile competitions. Whatever the route pursued, we heard that for women, the environment is unwelcoming, access to career opportunities continues to be problematic and those entering the music industry routinely experience misogyny and discrimination”.

The full report can be read here.

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