If you work in music and are concerned about a bullying or harassment situation, you can call us confidentially for free on 0800 088 2045 to receive non-judgemental support and advice.
The helpline provides a space to be listened to, giving you the opportunity to talk through your situation with trained advisors and receive advice on next steps for resolving it. You may also receive guidance on making a formal complaint in more serious circumstances.
When calling the helpline you will benefit from:
- A confidential space to share your experience
- Support to resolve your situation
- Guidance and information on your options
Is this for me?
The helpline is open to anyone working in music involved in a bullying or harassment situation, whether you are employed or freelance.
The situation can involve incidents of offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting behaviour or abuses of power. It doesn't matter if it's a one-off incident or a regular pattern, face-to-face or online, we're here to support you.
What will happen when I call?
In the first instance, we’ll talk through your situation and offer advice on how best to resolve it, pointing you towards services which may be helpful to you.
You will receive guidance and support in approaching a constructive conversation, if appropriate with the other party in order to resolve the issue. This may include preparation advice and coping strategies to use during the more challenging parts of the conversation.
In the event that the bullying or harassment situation continues, you can receive guidance and legal information appropriate to your employment status on the process of making a formal complaint, or guidance for freelancers on what options are available. At this point you might be put in contact with a third party for legal advice.
Who is running this helpline?
The helpline is run by Help Musicians, a charity which has been working for over 100 years to support musicians across the UK in times of opportunity. All of our helpline advisors are highly trained experts who will offer you in the moment advice and support, with an appreciation of the challenges of working in the music industry.
How can I access legal advice?
If you are affected by bullying and harassment, you may be able to access free legal advice and support if you are a member of the organisations listed below:
Where can I report instances of sexual harassment?
The Musicians' Union's Safe Space scheme allows you to anonymously report your own experiences, or cases of sexual harassment that you have witnessed. This is open to everyone working in music, regardless of whether you are an MU member.