A safe and inclusive culture for the music community

Hei kōrero, hei wero, hei kōkiri anō hoki

SoundCheck Aotearoa is an action group formed in 2020 with a mission to foster a safe and inclusive culture for the music community. We believe that action is needed to address inequitable representation challenge systemic discrimination and advance impactful change across the music industry and we are looking at ways to work together across the music community to achieve this.

In recognition of Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa and as partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi we are working with Māori industry leaders to look at ways in which Te Ao Māori can contribute to the work on these wider issues along with considering the unique challenges facing Māori within the industry.


We want all people in the Aotearoa music community to benefit from:

  • fair representation: equitable opportunities, treatment and representation for all people regardless of their attributes including gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (including illness), regional status, paternity/maternity and marital status
  • an inclusive culture with practices and behaviours to ensure that individuals feel respected, included and heard
  • an environment where they are safe from discrimination, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and violence
  • access to advocacy on behalf of their specific needs and challenges 


We have created SoundCheck Aotearoa to work towards meaningful positive change in our music community.

With all of our work we will collaborate openly with the music community including proactively and specifically seeking participation from and interaction with minority groups and voices.

We want to hear from our music community – from artists and songwriters to sound engineers and crew from educators and administrators to studio and venue workers and everyone in between – about the problems they see and what they think will help make a safer more inclusive music community.

For more information and ways to give feedback visit our news page or you can use our online feedback form HERE.

It is vital that the many cultures and diverse groups in our community have a voice in these conversations to help us identify priorities for action through the consultation gathering data and undertaking research.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and it will take some time to reach out across our community listen to everyone’s views develop collective strategies and find the resources and funding we need to implement it.

SoundCheck Aotearoa is committed to the long term mahi needed to support our music community to be safer and more inclusive. But we cannot do this alone. We are calling on everyone in our music community to step up and contribute to meaningful positive change.


We believe that everyone is entitled to a safe workplace where they are respected and free from harm whether that workplace is a music venue a festival stage a meeting in a bar or a recording studio. Our first project is an initiative to help prevent sexual harm in our music community and to provide support systems for those who have suffered from it.

We have appointed a specialist in the area of sexual harm prevention Rachel Harrison to guide and support us and we have taken the first steps to bring our community together and develop a work plan. You can read more about our work on safety HERE.

In the meantime, if you need to talk to someone please refer to the phone numbers listed below.


HELP: Call 24/7 (Auckland) 0800 623 1700, (Wellington) 04 801 6655

MusicHelps Wellbeing Service: Call 0508 MUSICHELPS

Safe To Talk:  Call 0800 044 334 | Text 4334 | Email support@safetotalk.nz

Rape Crisis: Call 0800 88 33 00

NZ Police: Call 105

Aviva: Canterbury Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call (03) 377 5402 / 0800 284 82669

Tu Wahine: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 09 838 8700

Korowai Tumanako: Kaupapa Māori Survivor and Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service – Email: korowai@korowaitumanako.org   

Te Puna Oranga: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 0800 222 042 | Email: info@tepunaoranga.co.nz

Male Survivors Aotearoa: Support for the well-being of male survivors of sexual abuse

Shama:  National Sexual Harm Support Service for ethnic communities – Call (07) 843 3810 | Text 022 135 9545

Human Rights Commission: Call 0800 496 877

Employment Relations Authority: Call 0800 209020


For anyone interested in our work, or for media enquiries please contact: info@soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz

If you want to give feedback anonymously you can use our online feedback form HERE.