Kia ora e te whānau,
Thank you for your continued engagement in the ongoing work around making a safer and more inclusive music community.
SoundCheck Aotearoa has today published the report created by independent experts Rachel Harrison and Debbie Teale, Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa.
READ THE FULL REPORT
READ THE SUMMARY
The report contains a set of ten recommendations for what members of our music community can do, together and separately, to prevent and respond to sexual harm.
Rachel and Debbie created the recommendations following the workshops held by SoundCheck Aotearoa earlier this year, focusing on what the challenges are in our community and what we might do to address them. Thank you to those who participated in the workshops and provided valuable feedback.
Now we have the experts’ report, we are looking to everyone across the music community to step up and play their part towards creating a safe and inclusive music community.
Creating culture change takes time, and no one expects these recommendations to happen immediately. The report recommends a multi-year plan for implementation, and many of the recommendations require resources and funding that is not yet available. But we can make a start on this mahi together.
SoundCheck Aotearoa in partnership with Māori Music Industry Coalition will be coordinating a number of workstreams to bring people together and start work on the recommendations, while continuing with the monthly Professional Respect training days and making a plan for future work.
We will be announcing more about our plans soon, but before we do, we’d like to hear from you: what do you think about the recommendations, what can you do to start driving change, and what can SoundCheck Aotearoa do to help.
You can give feedback via our email address at email@example.com, our online feedback form or join us at one of our Recommendations Info Sessions:
REGISTER FOR AN INFO SESSION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS
Just a reminder that the Recommendations Info Sessions are different from the Professional Respect training days which are continuing each month across Aotearoa. Professional Respect is a full day of training delivered in an interactive format and will not include in depth discussion of the recommendations report. For more information about the Professional Respect training days see HERE.
As always, we want to acknowledge that reading and thinking about these issues can be difficult and triggering. If you need help or support, practical or emotional, or you are supporting someone who does, we encourage you to make use of the professional support services listed on our website here: www.soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz/#Safety
Thanks for reading, and for your support. If you would like to get in touch with us, simply reply to this email.
Ngā mihi nui,
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