The Swedish music industry is taking a stand against sexual abuse within its ranks. And it’s doing so with a united front as almost 2,000 professionals, from hit-making pop singers to A&Rs, promoters, indie reps and senior execs at the market’s three major label affiliates, signed an open letter calling for the abuse and harassment to stop.
The message, it would appear, is already getting through. A major label executive has been suspended following multiple serious allegations of sexually harassment, MBW reports. Though the offender hasn’t been identified, the Stockholm-based exec is recognised as one of the most powerful figures in the market’s record industry, according to the U.K.-based title.
The development comes after some of the Scandinavian market’s biggest musical exports, from Zara Larsson, Robyn, Nina Persson of The Cardigans and Bebban Stenborg of Shout Out Louds, are among the 1,993 signatories of the letter, published late last week in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
The signees, which can be seen here, call for “zero tolerance” against sexual exploitation and violence, and demand an end of the “culture of silence” in which abusers operate. Advocates of change also demand consequences for sexual abuse or violence. Perpetrators should face the sack, at the very least. “In the music industry, we work around the clock, often with unsafe and temporary employment. Being courteous and not worrying becomes extra important in order not to be [fired],” the letter continues. “This makes women in the music industry targets for [interactions] that are often of a sexual nature. We live in a life where the law of consent is still far away, where we are objectified and where sexual abuse and harassment are more common than [not].”