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March Update from Soundcheck Aotearoa

Story Published Thursday 1 July 2021
Soundcheck Aotearoa

Kia ora e te whānau,

We thought it was time to update our music community on the work of SoundCheck Aotearoa, tell you more about what we are doing and why, and invite you all to participate in upcoming events.

SoundCheck Aotearoa is an action group formed in 2020 with the mission to foster a safe and inclusive culture for the music community. Our first project is focused on the prevention of and response to sexual harm, and in the future we want to expand our work to cover representation and inclusion issues more broadly.

You can read more about us and our first project HERE.

As conversations have unfolded there have understandably been a variety of who/what/when questions around SoundCheck Aotearoa. Transparency is important to us, so we have answered them with an FAQ section, which you will find HERE.

Upcoming workshops
Through March and April 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.
Your ideas from the workshops and feedback form will help us to prioritise what’s needed, and develop a firmer work plan for the coming 12-18 months.
We will circulate that work plan in May 2021, and offer another chance to give feedback then.
For information about upcoming workshops, to RSVP and access the online feedback form, click HERE.

What can I do in the meantime?
Creating culture change in the music community is a long term project that SoundCheck Aotearoa are committed to, but there are things we can all do in the short term to raise awareness and increase safety and inclusivity.
Click HERE to read a list of suggestions created by our experts, and HERE to access some resources.

We understand that issues relating to sexual harm are sensitive and can trigger a variety of feelings and reactions. We encourage anyone affected or anyone who has experienced harm in the music community to make use of the range of support services listed on our website HERE.

Thanks for reading, and for your support. If you would like to get in touch with us, simply email [email protected]

Ngā mihi nui,

SoundCheck Aotearoa