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Sun, 20 September 2015

Listen & Slam

Filed under: Live Music Venues, General — site admin @ 8:19 pm

The music community takes the lead on combating sexual harassment as LISTEN & SLAM present policy guidelines at first meeting of
the sexual harassment task force.
Victoria’s music community has taken the bold step of tackling a social issue that affects every aspect of Australian life: sexual assault and harassment. A new task force will pilot programs in licensed music venues to create safer evenings out for music fans, performers and staff. It’s hoped that by taking this lead within the music scene, the broader industry will join the initiative.
Members of the LISTEN collective – a group committed to healthy discourse in music – and music advocacy group SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) have joined forces to work with the Victorian Government. Over the past four months, LISTEN and SLAM have been working on developing policy surrounding the reporting of incidents of sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues.

In July 2015, the Minister for Gaming & Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett announced the newly convened sexual harassment taskforce, the first of its kind in Australia, to address issues surrounding sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues and music festivals.

The new task force comprises representatives from the Live Music Roundtable, as well as LISTEN representatives Katie Pearson, independent academic Dr Bianca Fileborn, and Helen Marcou of SLAM. The taskforce is endorsed by Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley, who has dedicated a representative from his department to the task force.
At the inaugural meeting on Wednesday September 2, LISTEN and SLAM presented the draft Terms of Reference, which were positively received by the task force. This will help inform policy addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment with the goal to creating safer spaces for patrons, performers and staff in licensed music venues and festivals.
The task force is due to meet again in early October to consider the next steps of action.

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