As part of our commitment, here are actionable steps recording studios can take to contribute to the safety, well-being, and creative success in the studio environment and uphold the Safe Music Pledge:
- Develop and enforce clear anti-harassment policies that explicitly define prohibited behavior, provide examples, and outline reporting procedures. Ensure that all clients are made aware of these policies.
- Conduct mandatory training sessions for all studio staff on recognizing, preventing, and addressing sexual harassment. This should include information on creating a culture of respect and consent.
Anonymous Reporting Systems:
- Implement confidential and anonymous reporting systems for clients to report incidents of harassment without fear of retaliation. Communicate the existence and accessibility of these reporting mechanisms.
Client Verification and Background Checks:
- Implement a thorough client verification process, including background checks when feasible, to ensure a safer environment for all clients and staff.
Security Cameras in Common Areas:
- Install security cameras in common areas to deter and monitor any inappropriate behavior. Ensure that clients are aware of these cameras' presence and purpose.
Designated Safe Spaces:
- Create designated safe spaces within the studio where clients can go if they feel uncomfortable or threatened. Ensure that these spaces are easily accessible and discreet.
Professional Conduct Agreements:
- Include clauses related to professional conduct in agreements between the studio and clients—state expectations regarding behavior and consequences for violations.
Client Orientation Sessions:
- Conduct orientation sessions for clients to familiarize them with the studio's policies, safety measures, and reporting procedures. This can be done before the start of recording sessions.
Collaboration with External Support Services:
- Collaborate with external support services such as local crisis centers or helplines like the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.
Regular Safety Audits:
- Conduct regular safety audits of the studio environment to identify and address potential vulnerabilities. This includes checking for blind spots in security camera coverage.
Visible Reporting Channels:
- Clearly communicate reporting channels for clients to report incidents of abuse or harassment. This can include designating specific personnel, such as a studio manager or HR representative, to handle such reports.
Bystander Intervention Training:
- Provide training to staff on bystander intervention. Encourage everyone in the studio to actively intervene when witnessing inappropriate behavior.