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.
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!