The org will be present at this year’s Bonnaroo and Music Tastes Good festivals.
To honor 10 years of championing women’s issues, non-profit organization Calling All Crows has teamed up with artists, venues and festivals in the music industry to combat sexual harassment, sexual violence and more throughout the community in a campaign called Here For the Music.
In the last year, Calling All Crows has trained more than 1,000 people through more than 50 bands, festivals and venues on how to implement new policies and procedures to address consent, artist to fan hierarchies, deescalating harmful situations and creating safe and effective ways to report sexual harassment and violence.
Associated venues include Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, while existing festival partners include Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Music Tastes Good in Long Beach, Calif.
"Bonnaroo is amazing. They see this as a very serious issue and they want to put a really heavy focus on it. They have incorporated it into their academy training," Calling All Crows co-founder Sybil Gallagher says, adding that they have worked with the Tennessee festival for several years. "They want change. They want their festival to be safe. They understand that there is a lot of work to do, but they are on board to do it."
In addition to staff and attendee training, the Here for the Music campaign offers to help festivals create clear guidelines for consent at their events, with interactive booths, educational panels and helps create Safe Zones for reporting incidents.
"People have a very hard time reporting sexual assault and harassment. It’s very complex," says Gallagher. "Festivals are open to this recommendation that we have for creating a Safe Zone at festivals where people can report sexual harassment and there is a legitimate process in place for people to go through when this occurs."
Calling All Crows, which was founded in 2009 by Gallagher and musician Chadwick Stokes, regularly builds campaigns for bands that are interested in social issues and Here For the Music is an applicable tool for touring bands that asks artists and their teams to train their staff and venue staff how to identify potentially harmful behavior and intervene safely and effectively. Artists are also encouraged to invite a handful of fans to the trainings prior to the shows to facilitate healthier behavior for everyone involved in the live music experience.
Calling All Crows has previously worked with artists like fun. and Lucius and will hit the road this year for tour with Dispatch and Pinegrove, whose lead singer was accused of sexual coercion. Concluding in March, Calling All Crows worked with the band Ripe to create a Safe Space on their current tour.
For Here For the Music, “we are putting the campaign on the road with multiple bands and we're working with multiple festivals to incorporate to train their employees and fans on how to be active bystanders,” Gallagher tells Billboard.
The two-year campaign launched in 2018 and plans to attract more festivals for the 2019 season.
“Calling All Crows is made up of a group of people who work within the industry, so we have a very close look at how this industry functions with regards to all of these things,” says Gallagher, who previously worked as a tour manager. “We have found, and everyone we work with has found, that (sexual violence) oppresses every environment that the industry is a part of.”
Gallagher adds: “It’s a really exciting time for the standards that are changing and we want to harness that and try to make it a better work environment, a thriving place for both men and women to work within.”