Following the allegations of sexual misconduct against the band, Hedley, many performers and artists in the industry are speaking out about the improvements and progress occurring right now in the structure of management within the music business.
As you may know, the #MeToo movement has been swift in its removal of prolific leaders in several sectors including in Hollywood, broadcasting, and others.
Melissa Auf Der Maur, the bassist for bands such as Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins, said in today’s day and age there are a lot of changes occurring in the culture of rock and music in general. She stated, “with every decade there have been efforts to try to address this inequality.”
in my humble experience,
“rock and roll clichés” include:
being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink.
“abuse of power” is abuse of power & until the industry calls it as such, it is an unwelcoming/unsafe place. bye https://t.co/b1BxRttDWS
— Leah Fay ? (@leah_fayy) February 15, 2018
The allegations against Hedley has sparked a ubiquitous conversation in the music world, and the reaction of executives has been strong.
The band was dropped by their management team and blacklisted by many radio stations across Canada. Over one hundred subsidiaries of Bell Media have banned the band’s content from their channel.
The frontman, Jacob Hoggard, as well as the other members of the band, stated the industry and rock music, in general, hasn’t treated women with a lot of respect. They admitted to their engagement in “rock ‘n’ roll clichés” in the past, but the claims are unsubstantiated.
Bob Lefsetz, who works as a music industry analyst stated the #MeToo movement has helped push for equality in the music industry and they’re “confronting hard truths” and “rectifying past wrongs.”
Lefsetz said that, while he doesn’t endorse the methods of the past, we’re currently dealing with how the industry has worked for years. Change is slow but inevitable.
The analyst acknowledged that rockstars are often surrounded by people who acquiesce to their every demand, which fosters a massive power imbalance, one that has the potential for abuse. However, now, victims are having their voices heard.