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CHARTER OF GOOD PRACTICE

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ENSURING SAFETY AND
EQUALITY IN MUSIC

In 2021, women and gender minorities still have a long way to go to fight for equality within the music industry.

Staying Safe in Sound

The recording studio is considered a space where these members of our community have long felt uncomfortable. We know that is not what the majority of studio owners, engineers or producers want for the music industry.

After speaking to people in the industry about their experiences in studios and their needs, we created a charter of good practice. Cactus City has invited other studios and music industry spaces to sign up to this charter.

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 make to make a difference to the lives of women in the music industry. Signing up to the charter will show your commitment to bringing change in the industry for women and gender minorities without placing the onus on them.

 

The charter is aimed at professional studios, of any size, who want to create an environment where creativity can thrive in a positive and professional environment.

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01.

Greet Everyone in the Room

This may sound like a very simple thing, but things can go wrong right from the start of a session. Women have regularly told us they are not being greeted when they enter the studio, they are ignored whilst men are spoken to. Often they feel they are being perceived as a 'groupie' or assumed to be a girlfriend instead of being treated as an equal.

02.

Unsolicited Advice on Music

If you have an opinion or suggestion on the music being made, ask if it's wanted. Sometimes unwanted advice can be intimidating, disrespectful, or just unwanted. Women have reported changing what or how they recorded as a result of feeling intimidated by producers' comments whilst in the studio, leaving them unhappy with the end product.

03.

Inappropriate Comments

The same goes for how women want to be marketed, and other aspects of their careers. For example, something like encouraging women to be "sexy" may be inappropriate. Women also have told us when entering the audio industry they’ve been pushed to perform, rather than pursue engineering, production or other audio roles.

04.

Personal Space

Often studio suites can be quite small. Be wary of invading someone's personal space. If you’re not sure about squeezing into a spot next to someone to adjust settings or a microphone/equipment, just ask.

05.

Be Aware of the Use of Derogatory Language 

Often studio suites can be quite small. Be wary of invading someone's personal space. If you’re not sure about squeezing into a spot next to someone to adjust settings or a microphone/equipment, just ask.

06.

Online Resources

If you have a website you can provide a link to cactuscity.org/resources which provides a details of number of different organisations who are dedicated to making changes in the industry for women.

07.

Physical Poster

Display a poster to let studio visitors know you've signed up to the charter. We have different designs to choose from so you have the choice of which one works best for your studio. You can print a poster from our website (see below).

08.

Be understanding of chaperone requests

Chaperones should be welcomed if a request has been made to bring one. Try not show hostility towards a request for or suggestion of a chaperone. If you feel you don't have space to accommodate such requests you might wish to refer the artist to a studio that is able to, or consider look at booking a larger space for the session if possible.

09.

Procedures for reporting inappropriate behaviour

Depending on the size of your organisation it may be worthwhile developing your own procedures for reporting inappropriate behaviour in a confidential way. For smaller organisations without the capacity to create procedures you may wish to refer to other organisations found in our resources pages on cactuscity.org/resources

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Late Night Sessions

Will there be Alcohol? Are people expected to catch the last train home, or take a night bus? If there’s going to be alcohol on site, make people aware that they are welcome to drink responsibly and not to pressure others who choose not to. Create a list of trusted public transport companies that people can use to get home and maybe designate an indoor space where people can wait for taxis.

Feedback

We welcome feedback from the music community.

 

Should we receive feedback on your venue which is in direct contraction of these pledges we may suspend your membership to the charter. We will co-operate with you to work with applicable bodies and authorities where appropriate.

 

This charter does not supersede any employment laws which your business is obligated to comply

 
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