There’s more attention on sexual harassment than ever before and Four 4 Consent is working on programs to assure consent on every dancefloor.
When it comes to sexual harassment in the dance music community, the last few years have been challenging. Any number of artists have either been called out or outright canceled due to their problematic behavior. The upshot is that the community at large has increased awareness of the problem and has been taking action to improve it.
While these are positive steps, what is often missing is an industry-based initiative that bands together those in positions to make the most impactful changes. The Nightlife Safety Summit from Four 4 Consent has stepped in to fill this gap.
Consider these statistics for a moment:
- 1 of every 2 people in the U.S. attend one or more music events each calendar year (Nielsen Music 360, 2017)
- Over 9 out of 10 (92%) Female Music Festival Attendees report experiencing harassment (Our Music My Body, 2017)
- Nearly 1 of every 2 (42%) musicians have experienced sexual harassment while working (Musician’s Union, 2019)
- Over 4 in 5 victims of harassment did not report it, primarily due to the industry culture (Musician’s Union, 2019)
That last statistic is particularly alarming as it may imply that the problem is even greater than we can empirically identify. Regardless, the problem is undeniably significant and needs to be addressed industry-wide. Enter Kay Brown and the Nightlife Safety Summit aimed to drive systemic changes. Kay has a nearly endless list of appropriate credentials, and the personality and perseverance to make a program like this successful.
Unlike other initiatives out there, the Nightlife Safety Summit has structured programming and credentialed instructors. This isn’t a simple one-off that can be helpful but has only a limited impact. Ambassadors are encouraged to apply up to the June 1 deadline as the year-long program begins 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 are a dance music fan, be sure to learn more about what Four 4 Consent has in place to keep you safe and happy in the scene!