Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Cactus City Studio?

 

Cactus City Studio is a feminist-led community interest company — aiming to make the music industry safer and more accessible for all social minorities.


To find out more, hop over to our about section.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2. What was the inspiration behind the name Cactus City?

 

Well… because we’re tough. A cactus can thrive the harshest conditions. The same basic principles apply, all too often, to women, people of colour and LGBTQIA+ members of the music sphere. In short, we don’t think it is fair for people to endure music-related struggles any longer. The mental and physical toll taken on marginalised people within music has gone on long enough — and it’s our goal to eradicate this systemic problem. Cactus City promotes equality, change, healing, protection and education: on top of our world-class recording facilities.


For the full in-depth story, check out our about page.

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3. Why is Cactus City needed?

 

In 2019, the Musician’s Union carried out research which showed that 48% of its members had experienced sexual harassment in the music industry. To make this even worse, over 85% of people did not report it because of several factors, including fears of losing work.

 

At Cactus City, we want to be the safe space for all gender minorities in music, so that artists can focus on producing the best art they can in a safe and welcoming environment.

 

We don’t want to exist, but the reality is, that music needs orgs like us to help make the industry a kinder place for everyone. 

 

Our goal is for the only pricks in the studio to be on a cactus. 

 

You can read more about the state of the industry in our stats section.

4. Who is Cactus City for?

 

We designed Cactus City Studio for women and gender minorities after countless reports of not feeling safe and respected within the music industry. However, creating better safeguarding in the music industry will benefit everyone.

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5. Where is the studio based?

 

We’re currently looking for a new home, but in the meantime, our sound team is on hand to help you with any music enquiries. Please contact them at audio@cactuscity.org.

6. Can men use Cactus City studio?

 

Yes! We are a safe space studio. Everyone is welcome as long as they adhere to safe and inclusive studio practices.

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7. Can men use Cactus City studio?

 

Yes! We are a safe space studio. Everyone is welcome as long as they adhere to safe and inclusive studio practices.

7. What is a safe space recording studio?

A place where everyone is treated with respect and kindness, no matter who they are. We will always do our best to make you feel safe and comfortable. We have a no tolerance policy, so if you would like to report any wrongdoings please get in touch with hello@cactuscity.org or audio@cactuscity.org.

8. What is your Charter of Good Practice?

The charter of good practice is a charter to create a safer and more equal environment for people in the music industry. The charter is made up of simple pledges with studios and their users to make a difference to the lives of women in the music industry.

 

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.


To see the charter in its entirety, head to our Cactus City Charter page. Here you can read the pledges and sign up.

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9. When did your charter of good practice launch?

Our charter of good practice launched in November 2020. Since then, we’ve had an overwhelming response from musicians and music industry professionals get in touch about the work we are doing. If you’d like to read more about the charter, you can find it on our charter page.

10. Who has signed onto the Charter of Good Practice?

We have studios signed up all around the country. If you’d like to see our full list, head here.

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11. How do I sign up for the Charter of Good Practice?

 

If you are a recording studio or safe space, please sign up here.

12. I’m an artist and would love to be on your new music Friday artist feature. Where can I submit my work?

 

If you have any new music and are a woman or gender minority within the music industry, please send your press shots and press kit to press@cactuscity.org with a link to your song. If you are successful, we will be in touch with you.

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13. Who works for you?

 

We have an ever going team of creatives. You can find us all here.

14. Are your team musicians?

 

Some of us, yes! There are a large majority who are active within the music industry and have ongoing musical projects, whereas some that are huge music lovers. To find out more, go to our team page.

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15. I need some guidance with my music or project!

Can you help?

 

Of course! We’re always here to help you with any music or project, whether that is songwriting, recording, mixing, production, advice, or a friendly face. If you send all details of your project and what you need help with to audio@cactuscity.org, we will be in touch.

16. How can I apply to work for you?

 

We are always looking to expand our team. When we have jobs available, it will be on our website and social media.

If we're not actively hiring, it's always worth introducing

yourself to our team and interacting with our socials. We like to have a wide network to consider for future projects or roles.

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17. How can I get involved?

 

There are many ways that you can get involved and support our cause. If you’d like to donate, we have a donorbox. All donations go towards our mission in making the music industry a safer place for women and gender minorities. 

 

You can follow us on social media, and support us by sharing our posts and engaging with our content. Sending our content to people who might find it useful and helping break down the taboos of the industry.

 

If you would like to contribute to our blog, please contact hello@cactuscity.org with your piece. If you are successful, we will be in touch with you.

 

If you are a woman in the music industry and have a story to tell, we would love to feature you on our podcast, Not A Groupie.

18. Where can I go for press enquiries?

 

For all press enquiries, please email us at press@cactuscity.org where you will be directed to the right person.

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19. How can I be a sponsor?

 

There are many ways that you can get involved with Cactus City, whether that is donating via our donorbox or collaborating on a project. If you’d like to get in touch with a collaboration, please contact press@cactuscity.org with your idea.

20. Where can I follow you?

 

We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Pinterest. We're very active in comments and DMs if you wanted to share your thoughts and say hello!

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21. What services do you provide?

 

We have a diverse set of skills. From helping you with audio enquiries, whether that is songwriting, mixing, production, sound design, to creating safe spaces for women and gender minorities in studios, artist management. To see how we can help you, please use our contact us page and we can put you in touch with the right department.

22. Where can I find your resources?

 

We have our own resources page you can find here.

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23. I want to be on your podcast. How do I sign up?

 

We’re glad you’re interested in being on Not A Groupie. Our podcast is all about breaking down the barriers of the music industry. Each week we have a different guest and talk about how they got into the music industry, and what advice they’d give to people starting out. If you’d like to get involved, please contact press@cactuscity.org who can pass on your details to Molly and Sophie.