Four 4 Consent advances the industry’s security agenda


There is more attention than ever to sexual harassment and Four 4 Consent is working on programs to ensure consent on every dance floor.


When it comes to sexual harassment in the dance music community, the past few years have been tough. A number of artists have been called or outright canceled due to their problematic behavior. The result is that the community as a whole has become aware of the problem and has taken steps to improve it.

While these are positive steps, what is often missing is an industry-based initiative that brings together the people in a position to make the most impactful changes. the Nightlife Safety Summit from Four 4 Consent stepped in to fill this gap.

Consider these statistics for a moment:

  • 1 in 2 people in the United States attend one or more music events each calendar year (Nielsen Music 360, 2017)
  • More than 9 in 10 (92%) female music festival attendees say they have been harassed (Our Music My Body, 2017)
  • Almost one in two musicians (42%) have experienced sexual harassment at work (Musician’s Union, 2019)
  • More than 4 in 5 bullying victims didn’t report it, mostly due to industry culture (Musician’s Union, 2019)

This last statistic is particularly alarming because it may imply that the problem is even bigger than what we can identify empirically. Either way, the problem is undeniably important and needs to be addressed industry-wide. Walk in Kay Brown and the Nightlife Safety Summit aimed at driving systemic change. Kay has an almost endless list of suitable references, as well as the personality and perseverance to make a program like this successful.

[We] wanted to start the Nightlife Safety Summit program after so many people contacted Four 4 Consent wanting to make a difference in nightlife, but some of them didn’t have the support of their entire team. In some organizations there are barriers to bringing about change, whether they cannot find funding or there are staff members who do not see ending sexual harassment and violence as a priority. . Many people in the music industry feel alone in wanting to take a stand against those who abuse others. Some in the industry feel like they don’t have the power to make a difference because most music views the same people who cause harm highly. Posting someone to the top of the charts shouldn’t excuse them from being responsible. Four 4 Consent and the Nightlife Safety Summit are here to help the industry make a difference, from dance floors to DJ booths!

—Kay Brown, Founder

Unlike other initiatives, the Nightlife Safety Summit has structured programming and accredited instructors. This is not just a one-time event that can be helpful, but only has a limited impact. Ambassadors are encouraged to apply until June 1 deadline because the one-year program starts a few weeks later.

If you are in the music industry, take a look at the Nightlife Safety Summit please consider getting involved. If you’re a dance music fan, be sure to find out more about what Four 4 Consent has in place to keep you safe and happy in the scene!



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Jared, aka JSkolie, was introduced to electronic music in the 1990s through Orbital. He raved about the parks and fields of South Florida where the entire production was a DJ in a box truck. Now living in New York, he attended his first Above & Beyond show in 2016 and his life was never the same. Jared was energized by the Trance community and its PLUR philosophy. He is a supporter of harm reduction and is a DanceSafe volunteer. Jared enjoys endurance events and has danced for 12 hours straight while often recovering from raves with equally long bike rides. Or longer.

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