Following ongoing reports of systemic bullying, discrimination, and misconduct under Handlin’s leadership at Sony Music Entertainment, Queensland's peak music industry body QMusic has revoked Handlin's 2020 Honorary Award.
Following ongoing reports of systemic bullying, discrimination, and misconduct under Handlin’s leadership at Sony Music Entertainment, QMusic CEO Kris Stewart said the organization could not let this acknowledgement and celebration of Handlin's career stand.
“Last night’s Four Corners investigative report laid bare the undeniable fact that the culture under Denis Handlin’s leadership at Sony came at significant human cost,” he said.
“Toxic workplaces, be they in the office, boardroom, on stage or behind, have no future in Australian music.
“We cannot, and should not accept nor celebrate this kind of culture.
“The future of music must be one that is safe, supportive, and equitable for all."
QMusic is Queensland’s music industry development association. The work of QMusic is critical to the success of Queensland’s contemporary music economy. It is the only significant and established not-for-profit organisation in Queensland dedicated to delivering sector development and major music events including the Queensland Music Awards and BIGSOUND to stimulate and grow the state’s music sector.
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