A safe and inclusive culture for the music community

Hei kōrero, hei wero, hei kōkiri anō hoki

Update on Professional Respect training and current projects

21 October 2021

Thanks to everyone who has been signing up to Professional Respect TrainingDue to Covid restrictions we’ve had to cancel the sessions we had planned for Tāmaki Makaurau in October and November. With alert levels and gathering restrictions in a constant state of flux and the ongoing uncertainty we’ve decided to pause all face to face training across Aotearoa until February 2022. 

We will be in touch with new dates as soon as they are confirmed.  If you’d like to be added to our mailing list for updates please contact us on info@soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz 

Meantime taking advantage of the break from face to face training we have launched a project to develop a set of documents and resources to support the music community in preventing and responding to sexual harm.  You can read the full update on that project and our other activities HERE.

SoundCheck Aotearoa publishes independent report:
Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa
What will you do?

8 July 2021

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.  You can read the report HERE and the summary/backgrounder HERE.  The report follows workshops held by SoundCheck Aotearoa earlier this year and contains a set of ten recommendations for what our music community can do to prevent and respond to sexual harm. 

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 info@soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz,our online feedback form  or join us at one of our Recommendations Info Sessions through July.

You can register for a Recommendations Info Session HERE.

  • Monday 19th July 1-3pm in person session in Auckland
  • Monday 19th July 7-8.30pm online session
  • Monday 26th July 1-3pm in person session in Wellington
  • Monday 26th July 5.30-7pm in person session in Wellington
Professional Respect Training Workshops: more dates available across Aotearoa

21 June 2021

SoundCheck Aotearoa is announcing dates for three more professional respect training workshops across Aotearoa:

  • 2nd July 2021 Pōneke Wellington (please note this workshop is currently full, but you are welcome to register and go on the waitlist)
  • 6th August 2021 Ōtautahi Christchurch
  • 6th September 2021 Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

We hope to be announcing more dates and locations soon.

To register for a workshop or indicate your interest for future workshops please click HERE.

Each workshop is a full day interactive session starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm offered free of charge to members of the music community.  The training workshops focus on the prevention of and response to sexual harm and include material on definitions supporting survivors options for reporting and tips for prevention.  The workshops will be facilitated by independent experts in sexual harm prevention.  More information about the Professional Respect training workshops is available HERE

Tunesmiths and toxicity: Workplace harassment in the Contemporary Music Industries of Australia & New Zealand

11 May 2021

SoundCheck Aotearoa welcomes new research from Jeff Crabtree available HERE, based on a survey of 145 people in the music industry in Australia and New Zealand.  The report shines a light on women’s experiences of sexual harassment and assault in their workplaces and calls out the underlying issues of power imbalance and lack of diversity in the industry.  The report also makes recommendations for change and we will be analysing these as we prepare our own plan of action.

Professional Respect Training Workshops rolling out now!

16 April 2021

We are excited to be offering a series of Professional Respect training workshops free of charge for members of the music community in Aotearoa starting from 7th May 2021.  Each workshop is a full day interactive session starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm.  The professional respect training workshops focus on the prevention of and response to sexual harm and include material on definitions supporting survivors options for reporting and tips for prevention.  The workshops will be facilitated by independent experts in sexual harm prevention.  More information about the Professional Respect training workshops is available HERE

To register for a workshop or indicate your interest for future workshops please click HERE.

Please note that these training workshops are different from the consultation style workshops that SoundCheck Aotearoa has offered recently.  The consultation style workshops were intended to gather views ideas and feedback on the challenges in our music community and what we might do together to address them.  If you missed the consultation workshops and want to give feedback you can do that anytime HERE.

A safe and inclusive culture for the music community: upcoming workshops and online feedback

15 March 2021

Through March and April 2021 we are offering a series of workshops on the topic of a safe and inclusive culture for the music community in Aotearoa and an online feedback form for those who can’t attend the workshops. The workshops are scheduled for Monday 22nd March, Tuesday 23rd March and Tuesday 6th April. The workshops will focus on the prevention of and response to sexual harm but we also welcome comments ideas and feedback on representation and inclusion issues more broadly.

For more background on this project and the purpose of the workshops click HERE.

For event information, to RSVP and access other ways to give feedback click HERE
What is SoundCheck Aotearoa? Frequently Asked Questions

15 March 2021

If you’ve heard about SoundCheck Aotearoa but you are not sure about who we are and what we are doing check out the answers to some frequently asked questions HERE.

What can I do in my workplace right now? New resources from SoundCheck Aotearoa

15 March 2021

SoundCheck Aotearoa is committed to the mahi needed to support our community to work towards long term culture change. In the meantime there are steps you can take in your workplace right now to start making a difference. Check out Sexual Harm Prevention: Things you can do to help and our resources section.

Background to SoundCheck Aotearoa and our plans March – May 2021

15 March 2021

To access a document explaining what SoundCheck Aotearoa is and our plans from March to May 2021 click HERE.

SoundCheck Aotearoa statement in response to the article ‘Music Industry Professionals Demand Change’

We are deeply saddened to hear these stories about harm experienced by people in the music industry. Everyone is entitled to a safe workplace where they are respected and free from harassment, sexual harm, and discrimination. These stories show that we need to do better as an industry, and we are committed to doing that.

READ THE STATEMENT HERE HERE 

Amplify Aotearoa research on gender inequity in the NZ music industry

Massey University researchers have released a report detailing widespread gender discrimination in the Aotearoa music community in the first report of its kind in New Zealand. 

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE
READ THE REPORT HERE