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?
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.
A Little Respect
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.