Music Industry ‘Culture Change’ Group Seeks Occupational Safety Experts

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Women leading a cultural change campaign in the music industry appealed to experts in workplace safety and cultural change.

The experts will be tasked with developing a national counseling strategy, which the group says is the crucial next step in tackling sexual prejudice, harassment and systemic discrimination in Australian music.

The group encouraged people with counseling experience in areas such as power imbalance, cultural change, workplace safety, sexual harm and mitigation strategies to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOIs).

EOI will engage in the next steps of a paid call for tenders that will end on July 1.

The temporary working group of Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze), Emily Collins (MusicNSW), Julia Robinson (Australian Festivals Association), Larissa Ryan (Hutch Collective), Mardi Caught (The Annex), Sarah Woolcott (BMG Rights Management) and Sophie Paterson (Sony Music Australia) formed in May.

The mandate is temporary and includes developing an advisory package and publishing the RFT, securing seed funding to support the RFT process, and engaging independent experts and facilitators to respond to the RFT.

From there, the group will share the recommendations and the deployment process, and present an accompanying budget to support the recommendations.

The group said the consultation process should be independent and will not directly or indirectly influence the results of the consultation.

The group takes a survivor-centered approach.

More information on the the charter of the volunteer working group is available here.

Culture change consultants can submit their expressions of interest here.

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