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BUILDING A SAFER AND MORE INCLUSIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR WOMEN

Where the only pr*ck is on a cactus 

BUT THE INDUSTRY IS ALREADY SAFE AND EQUAL  RIGHT? 
YEAH. NO.

If you've found our website you probably already know that it is far from safe for women. Nor is it even close to being an equal and inclusive industry. Thanks to reports from other amazing music organisations we have 100s of startling statistics that PROVE how systemic misogyny and violence against women has deep roots in the music business. 

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A Little Respect

(Give us)

Q. SO WHAT ARE CACTUS CITY DOING TO TACKLE THE ISSUES?

A. a lot babe

As founders of the UK's first female-only recording studio, we've been creating safe spaces for women in music since 2017. The thing is, we know that just making our own spaces safer isn't enough. We have to change the industry. WE SHOULDN'T NEED SAFE SPACES TO WORK BECAUSE WE ARE WOMEN. So our mission as an organisation is simple
 

1

create PATHWAYS
TO WORK

Providing sustainable careers in music is our primary objective. We run regular projects that take young people from underrepresented backgrounds and pay them the Real London Living Wage. You can read about
our current project funded by Youth Music below.

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OUR CHARTER of good practice

Our Charter of Good Practice is available for other recording studios and music spaces to pledge to make their spaces safe and inclusive.

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provide support

We provide support for our community, through our free resources such as our careers podcast 'Not a Groupie', inclusive events, networking and showcasing opportunities throughout the year. 

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ADVOCACY

We advocate and report on Misogyny in Music, working with other organisations such as Musicians Union and UK Music to make legislative change. This week we gave evidence to the Parliamentary Misogyny in Music Inquiry.   

5

EDUCATION

We work with higher education establishments (16+) to provide 
support to careers departments and music course leaders. We 
offer guest lectures to educate students on access to work and
navigating the industry.

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PHYSICAL 'SAFE' SPACES

We are providing long-term access to work in physical safe spaces by expanding our studios, workspaces and hospitality venues nationwide. We are working with councils, developers and agencies looking to benefit from the cultural and economical uplift of having a physical 'safe space' music and sound creation hub.

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CHARTER
OF GOOD PRACTICE

The Cactus City Charter is a series of simple pledges, for studios and other music spaces to adopt to provide a safe, inclusive working environment.

The charter is aimed at commercial studios, of any size, that want to offer an environment where creativity can thrive. To do this we all need to work together to change the culture of the music industry to that of any other profession where safety and inclusivity are basic workplace standards.

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Your
Workplace
Shouldn't
be the
Wild West

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CHARTER

WHAT UK MUSIC SAY 

"Cactus City are an organisation leading to the forefront of creating a safer music industry, through the Cactus City Charter of Good Practice.

This charter aims to create a safer and more equal environment for people in the music industry. The charter is made up of simple pledges which studios, and their users, can use to make a difference to the lives of women in the music industry.

Signing up to the charter shows commitment to bringing change in the industry for women and gender minorities without placing the onus on them."

UK Music's submission to The Women and Equality Commission Select Committee Inquiry into Misogyny in Music

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A podcast validating the experience of women in music

A brand new podcast helping raise awareness and educating others on the positive actions we can take, to change the music industry for the better. Every episode we have a different guest who we talk to about their job roles, what qualities are essential to do those roles and the trials and tribulations of their careers.

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FOLLOW US

Follow our socials for behind the scenes snippets, first looks AND episode updates!

  • TikTok
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  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
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Yee Haw!

Donate
 

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WE NEED YOU!

Cactus City is completely independent so that we can make the positive changes we need, free of influence. This means we rely on funding such as regular donations to continue the work we do.

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WORKWITH

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Do you want to work with Cactus City? Well the great news is you can! We welcome brand partnerships, events, corporate sponsorships, mentorships and more!

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