Brit Award nominee Chloe Howl says sexual abuse is widespread at every level of the music industry and there are "more systems in place to protect the abusers than the victims".
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter added that she hopes the industry will have soon have its #MeToo moment.
Howl, who was 16 when she signed to Colombia Records, told Sky News: I know masses of girls in the industry who have handled sexual assault, who have been raped by a member of their team, harassed by a member of their team, who have basically been threatened that the flow of their career will be stopped if they don’t appease to what [the abusers] want, and for a lot of these girls it’s stopped their career.
The performer added that she was a teenager when a member of her team starting texting her inappropriate things and telling her he loved her at a time when she didn’t know what was appropriate.
Howl said that figures with power in the music industry are trading in the currency of people’s dreams, adding: This is something you’ve dreamt about when you were five years old in the mirror.
We talk a lot about artists who are being abused, but there’s also young people who start working in PR, or working in management.
It’s such a dream for everybody and such a fantasy that when these things start happening, you think that if you do anything to shake up the status quo, that [your career] could be halted or taken away from you.
In the week of International Women’s Day, Howl told Sky News that abuse in the music industry is so widespread at every level that it will be very difficult to shatter.
She believes many things are perpetuating the abuse, including the sick companies and record labels who are thinking purely about their cash flow.
At a time when a number of big name artists have been accused of abuse, Howl says they are protected because of the money they are worth to their labels.
She continued: It’s the fact that if this artist gets brought down, their back catalogue stops making them revenue.
What other reason could it be?
And that’s what is sick, it’s that these companies are just thinking about their cash flow as opposed of their employees or young artists.
Howl was speaking in the wake of an explosive interview with the singer R Kelly in which he denied accusations of of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims.
Denying all the charges, he tearfully told CBS News: I didn’t do this stuff, this is not me, I’m fighting for my f****** life.
Two men have accused him of molesting them when they were children in a two-part documentary called Leaving Neverland.
Both men failed to have him convicted through the courts and the Jackson estate has strenuously denied the claims.
The singer Ryan Adams has just cancelled his tour amid allegations of sexual misconduct – which he has described as upsettingly inaccurate.
The Music Industry Union has had over 100 reports of abuse since the #MeToo movement begun.
The union’s assistant general secretary Naomi Pohl told Sky News that reports are being made and cases being investigated, but added that most of the time the cases aren’t high profile so it’s not talked about.