Sydney musician and PhD candidate Jeff Crabtree is looking for participants from Australia and New Zealand to help in a study into the extent and nature of workplace harassment in the music industry.

Over the last few years, studies have been released that reveal the entertainment industry is a far more toxic environment than many could have anticipated. Of course, the resounding question is; why?

That’s where musician and University of Technology Sydney PhD candidate Jeff Crabtree comes in. Crabtree is attempting to study this phenomenon more in greater depth, attempting to find out what forms of harassment has occurred within the music industry, and as a result, find ways to combat this and stamp it out.

“My research stems from my experience in industry as a musician and producer, as well as my current work in the field of health and wellbeing for creative practitioners,” Jeff Crabtree explained.

“I have personally experienced harassment in the music industry workplace, and in 2011 co-wrote a book called Living With A Creative Mind that explored the unique mental wiring of highly creative thinkers and the ways the working environment either helps or harms them.”

“One of the by-products of the digital revolution is the shift in the burden of risk,” he continues. “People who work in the music industry are exactly like start up entrepreneurs, and carrying all of the financial risk in a rapidly changing environment.”