As part of our commitment, here are actionable steps publishers, record labels, and management companies can take to contribute to the safety, well-being, and creative success in the studio environment and uphold the Safe Music Pledge:
Establish Clear Policies:
- Develop and communicate comprehensive sexual harassment and abuse policies that include definitions, examples, reporting procedures, and consequences for violations.
- Provide regular training sessions for all employees, including creatives, to educate them about what constitutes sexual harassment and how to prevent it. Training should emphasize a zero-tolerance approach.
Anonymous Reporting Systems:
- Implement confidential and anonymous reporting systems for individuals to report incidents of harassment without fear of retaliation.
Automated Check-In/Check-Out System:
- Develop an automated system where creatives can digitally check in when they arrive at the studio and check out when leaving.
Make the check-in system optional, allowing creatives to use it based on their comfort level. Emphasize that the system is in place for their safety and well-being.
Set up real-time alerts that notify designated personnel when creatives check in and out.
Integrate an emergency alert feature within the check-in system. Creatives should be able to trigger an alert in an emergency, such as feeling unsafe or experiencing harassment.
Establish clear communication protocols when a creative fails to check in or out as expected. This can include attempts to contact the individual or, if necessary, dispatching assistance.
Integrate the check-in system with overall security measures, ensuring it complements existing safety protocols and emergency response plans.
Visible Reporting Channels:
- Communicate the various channels through which individuals can report abuse and harassment, such as designated HR personnel or third-party hotlines like the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline for support.
Prompt Investigation and Action:
- Establish a prompt and thorough investigation process for reported incidents. Take immediate action against perpetrators, including appropriate disciplinary measures.
Crisis Intervention Resources:
- Provide resources for immediate crisis intervention, such as counseling services or support groups, to help individuals cope with the aftermath of harassment.
Inclusive Events and Spaces:
- Ensure that events and spaces are designed with inclusivity, providing equal opportunities for all creatives while minimizing situations that could lead to harassment.
Promote Bystander Intervention:
- Encourage bystander intervention by educating employees on recognizing and safely intervening in situations where harassment and abuse occur.
Regular Policy Reviews:
- Regularly review and update the sexual harassment policy to ensure it remains effective and aligned with current best practices.