A new helpline aiming to provide support in cases of bullying or harassment within the UK music industry has been launched by UK organisation Help Musicians.
The new service will provide support and guidance for those who believe they might be the victim of instances of bullying, or those who believe they might have witnessed such an instance while working within the music industry in the UK. Callers will be put in touch with specialist advisors who will be able to offer advice on rights and avenues for formal action.
The service will not only be available to musicians within the industry, but also to professionals working across every aspect of the UK's music scene, giving many who particularly pursue freelance work first-time access to such support.
The launch of the helpline has been given the full backing of the UK Government's Departure for Culture, Media and Sport, as well as leading UK music industry organisations such as UK Music, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and The Musicians' Union (MU).
In a statement, James Ainscough, Chief Executive of Help Musicians, said, "Bullying and harassment requires a collaborative response across the music industry. The creation of the helpline is a vital next step and Help Musicians is well placed to provide this service, as an independent charity.
"Anyone who is concerned about a bullying and harassment situation can call the helpline, share their concerns confidentially and receive advice on how to navigate the issue they are facing. We hope in time that musicians and all those who work in music will feel better emotionally supported as well as gaining practical advice on how to resolve any problems."
Callers can seek advice with full anonymity, with the helpline accessed by dialling 0800 088 2045. Find more information via Help Musicians' website.