Female musicians speak out as report reveals ‘endemic’ sexual abuse and rape in the music industry

Female musicians are coming forward to reveal their experiences of sexual abuse.

Female musicians including Chloe Howl have spoken out after a new report revealed that rape and sexual abuse are “endemic” within the music industry.

The harrowing findings were the outcome of an investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, which saw female musicians coming forward to reveal their experiences of sexual abuse.

London songwriter Howl was one of the leading voices to detail her experiences of how she was “exploited” by male record executives at the start of her career.

“I did have somebody come on to me in pretty strong way”, she told the BBC.

“He was a lot older than me and we were meant to be professionally working together. He would drop me off at my hotel, and then text me to say, ‘Why didn’t you invite me in?’

“I remember one night he grabbed my bum and said something along the lines of, ‘I feel like we’d have really good times in the sack.'”

She added: “I know girls who’ve been raped, and it’s always a man in power and a girl on the rise who needs as much support as possible, whose career hasn’t started yet.

“I know that there are men who are getting away with it. They are given this untouchable power.”

Another harrowing account came from an anonymous songwriter, who adopted the pseudonym “Amy” to explain how her music manager threatened to end her career after she rejected his advances.

“He told me that he was in love with me, and that if I didn’t agree to be his girlfriend he would ruin my career”, she explained.

“Over the next two years he continued to blackmail and threaten me to be in a relationship with him. He convinced me that I would be nothing without him and that if I told anyone, that success would go away.”

The report will be outlined in full on the Victoria Derbyshire show.