“Horrifying” reports of abuse across the arts sector show the Oireachtas committee recommends tying funding to anti-harassment initiatives

Funding in the arts sector should be made conditional on recipients’ compliance with anti-harassment initiatives, says a report by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media.

The ‘Safe and Respectful Working Conditions in the Arts’ report came after ‘harrowing’ reports of abuse, sexual assault, bullying and harassment were uncovered by many stakeholders in the sector.

The committee has recommended 13 measures be taken as an urgent “cultural shift” is needed across the sector, said the committee’s Cathaoirleach, Deputy Niamh Smyth. State agencies and the government must act now to protect artists and creators, Deputy Smyth said.

“The Irish Theater Institute’s SPEAK UP report was a milestone in highlighting the breadth and scope of the deeply troubling issues facing artists, and women in the arts in particular.

“Every artist deserves to practice and disseminate their art on safe platforms, where they will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Regardless of the art form or practice space, this should be the basic standard – no specific request.

“The government, agencies and all arts stakeholders must make efforts to bring about the cultural change within the arts sector that the evidence suggests is so badly needed. More needs to be done to fully protect all artists and creators — and especially women, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, racially and ethnically diverse people, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds,” Deputy Smyth said.

An independent mechanism for anonymous disclosures should be put in place and sanctions for violators must be clearly spelled out, the committee said in its report.

Funding and procurement across the sector should also be reformed to ensure a quota of 30 percent women and men on governing bodies by 2025 and 40 percent by 2030 for all bodies receiving public funds.

This should be followed up through “annual reporting on progress towards agreed quotas for gender representation and funding,” the report said.

The committee also called for further research into the impact of harmful workplace behavior in the arts, with a particular focus on “people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.”

Other recommendations included a comprehensive review of the boards and governance structures of “all arts organizations” within the department’s remit “with the aim of mandating greater gender balance and representation across the socio-economic spectrum and of people with disabilities. LGBTQIA+, racially and ethnically diverse individuals in leadership and decision-making in the arts.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/harrowing-abuse-reports-across-arts-sector-sees-oireachtas-committee-recommend-funding-be-tied-to-anti-harassment-initiatives-42007674.html “Horrifying” reports of abuse across the arts sector show the Oireachtas committee recommends tying funding to anti-harassment initiatives

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