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ARIA Board Strips Denis Handlin of His Icon Award

The commerce physique’s Icon Award is periodically offered at a VIP ceremony in Sydney, within the hours previous to the annual ARIA Awards.

Simply 5 ARIA Icons have been awarded. The primary went to the late Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski in 2013, adopted by Handlin, Sebastian Chase (2016), Roger Davies (2017) and Michael Chugg (2019).

ARIA’s u-turn follows the Australian Broadcasting Company’s premiere Monday evening (Oct. 11) of Dealing with the Music: The Sony Music Scandal, a 47-minute documentary which uncovered the “tradition of concern, harassment and bullying” in a office Handlin led for 37 years.

The next day, commerce physique Q Music revoked the honorary award offered to Handlin on the 2020 Queensland Music Awards, in his hometown Brisbane.

The documentary, famous QMusic CEO Kris Stewart, “laid naked the indisputable fact that the tradition beneath Denis Handlin’s management at Sony got here at important human price.”

He continued, “poisonous workplaces, be they within the workplace, boardroom, on stage or behind, haven’t any future in Australian music. We can not, and mustn’t settle for nor rejoice this type of tradition. The way forward for music should be one that’s secure, supportive, and equitable for all.”

ARIA, for which Handlin served as chairman of the board over two separate stints, issued its personal response on Tuesday.

“Nobody ought to really feel unsafe, harassed, discriminated towards, or bullied within the office,” its assertion learn. “ARIA will proceed to work in direction of security, inclusion and equality throughout the music business together with by the cultural change course of that was began in Might this 12 months. We are going to take heed to the voices that have to be heard and supply our wholehearted help each step of the best way.”

Handlin gathered an enormous assortment of prestigious honors in a 51-year-long profession with Sony Music, which abruptly ended June 21.

In mild of the 4 Corners exposé, a rising refrain of business insiders have turned to social media to demand Handlin hand again his awards.

Mark Poston, former chairman of EMI Music Australasia and the primary LGBTQ+ head of an Australian music label, addressed the ABC’s investigation in an op-ed revealed Wednesday by The Business Observer.

“I imagine the rapid motion wanted is for ARIA is to strip Denis Handlin of his ARIA Icon Award,” he wrote. “I put it to you that this man is something however an icon. You might say he’s iconic for all of the fallacious causes – that might be a greater abstract. Maybe the precise approach to body this may be that this specific type of Icon must not ever be allowed to exist ever once more.”

Reviews of the home Sony Music firm’s poisonous work surroundings surfaced in current months in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and different mainstream information retailers.

Earlier this 12 months, as these investigations shook the native business, Sony Music Leisure launched a evaluation into the ANZ firm’s office tradition.

“We take all allegations of bullying, harassment and different inappropriate conduct from our staff very critically and examine them vigorously,” reads a press release issued by Sony Music Leisure.

Sony Music Leisure’s evaluation is known to be ongoing.

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