Music Industry Unites Against Toxic Behaviour at Gigs

High profile music industry figures, festival promoters and artists have joined forces to support Your Choice, a campaign aimed at addressing the “growing cultural issues around behavior and lack of personal accountability within Australian venues and event spaces.”

The campaign is appealing to music lovers to help create a culture of positive change, tackling violence, discrimination and sexual assault at gigs and festivals and encouraging industry and gig-goers to call out, report and reduce these kinds of antisocial behaviours.

SLAM co-founder and venue owner Helen Marcou headed a six-person panel to launch the joint initiative last Friday. "These issues are not exclusive to the music industry," Marcou said, "they are issues within our Australian society. However, as a community of festival promoters, venue owners, artists, promoters and managers, labels, publicists and more, we are committed under the Your Choice banner, to work together to raise awareness of this important cultural issue, encourage a more positive conversation with our audiences and come up with preventative strategies to support and enhance those already in place."

In addition to Marcou, who in addition to her work in the music industry is part of the Victoria Sexual Assault Task Force, the panel included Sally Mather (Music & Marketing Co-ordinator, The Corner Hotel/Northcote Social Club), Jess Ducrou (Co-CEO, Secret Sounds), Jaddan Comerford (CEO and Founder, UNIFIED Music Group), Rhett McLaren (Co-Owner/Director, The Hills Are Alive) and Paul Piticco (Co-CEO, Secret Sounds).

For more information, resources and to see the campaign’s huge list of supporters head to the Your Choice website.

BIGSOUND Festival and QMusic are proud supporters of Your Choice.

Published: 16 Jul 2017 by QMusic Newsdesk