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bystander training for the music industry

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As anyone connected with Melbourne's music industry will be aware, the impacts of COVID-19 have been significant. Venues have closed, festivals cancelled, performance and work opportunities have been lost. However, this time to pause provides an opportunity to prepare for what the future of the industry could be, and your role in it.

Safety, equity and inclusion in real life and online can be achieved by increasing the representation of women, gender diverse and people of colour and people with disabilities as performers, producers, promoters and punters.

access all areas (aaa) bystander training is for people in the music industry to learn how to be an active bystander to prevent violence and discrimination in music venues around Melbourne, Australia. The aim of this training is to build the confidence and capacity of people in all levels and areas of the music industry (performers, promoters, producers, punters, managers, crew and staff) and to realise our sphere of influence to affect change.

Presenters from the community health sector who have experience in the music industry will deliver evidence-informed content, including:

  • the bystander approach
  • gendered drivers that cause violence against women
  • the link between sexists jokes and violence

Participants will have the opportunity to

  • identify the differences between an active and passive bystander
  • consider small actions contributes to preventing violence
  • discuss scenarios

Date: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Location: Zoom (details to follow in registration)

Time: 6pm-8.30pm

This learning event is free however registration is essential.

Training materials will be emailed upon registration. For further information please contact the access all areas team at

access all areas (aaa) – a cohealth initiative, is a collaboration of music industry, local government, LGBTQIA+, community and women’s health stakeholders to advance opportunities for gender equity, diversity and safety in music industry settings in Melbourne’s metropolitan north and west. aaa recognises and seeks to shed light on the ways gendered violence and under-representation is shaped by structures such as colonisation, racism, ableism and more, to impact particular groups in unique and compounding ways. aaa centres the needs of groups most impacted and aims to amplify these voices by working towards cultural and structural change in music industry settings.

Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) enables Victoria’s music professionals to broaden their networks overseas and learn from the trends that are driving international markets; undertake business development and training; access resources and services; and learn from ‘experts in residence’ whose experience and points of view are invaluable for our industry.

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