access all areas (aaa)

is a collaboration of music industry, LGBTQIA+, community and women’s health stakeholders to advance opportunities for gender equity, diversity and safety in music industry settings in Melbourne’s north and west.

An inclusive music industry opens doors for people to access all areas where music is created, performed and promoted.  This leads to more opportunities for people who would normally not participate, which will strengthen the music industry.

To ensure a safe and equitable music industry, our aaa resources and training helps:

  • reduce gender and racial bias
  • amplify the voices of people who are under-represented the most
  • create a positive culture for all

Places where culture is made include:

  • venues
  • rehearsal rooms
  • classrooms
  • studios
  • community spaces
  • offices
  • boardrooms
  • online / streaming
  • record labels

 

People who bring culture to audiences include:

  • musicians
  • songwriters
  • educators
  • technicians
  • crews
  • DJs
  • managers
  • promoters
  • programmers
  • venue operators
  • policy makers

 

access all areas relates to these people and places.

about aaa

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 people in unique and compounding ways.

aaa aims to amplify voices of those impacted by working towards cultural and structural change in music industry settings.

We know that the way boys and girls are socialised leads them to think differently about music and about what’s possible for them, about what they can achieve.
Dr. Catherine Strong
Senior LecturerSchool of Media and CommunicationRMIT
Research into perceptions and experiences of sexual violence at Australian music festivals highlighted that over 87.5% of survey participants thought that sexual harassment occurred at festivals.
Fileborn, Wadds and Tomesen, 2017

access all areas bystander training

access all areas bystander training provides an opportunity for people in the music industry to utilise their sphere of influence to be an active bystander and prevent violence and discrimination in music industry settings.

aaa-bystander training will be held throughout the year – see the highlighted dates on the calendar.

aaa-bystander training can be delivered to organisations, training providers or groups. Contact us for more information.

access calendar

events calendar

22 July

aaa - bystander training

Online - 2:00pm – 4:30pm

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.

Register now!
3 August

aaa-bystander training

Online - 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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.

Register now!

the aaa project team

Karen Ingram

Former band manager, publicist, educator – now advocate, writer, performer, celebrant, community development professional and Prevention Coordinator at cohealth, Karen’s had a boot in many camps spanning thirty years. In 2018 as project coordinator at cohealth she initiated a collaboration of stakeholders in the music biz, government, grassroot organisations and health sectors to advance gender equity and diversity across Melbourne’s north/west – access all areas.

Meredith Drinkell

Meredith is a Health Promotion Practitioner in the Prevention team at cohealth. Her work on access all areas focuses on advancing gender equity and diversity within the music industry in Melbourne’s north-west. She is the project lead on Diversexy, a sexual rights and respectful relationships program for adults with a disability. Meredith is also a Registered Music Therapist and psychotherapist with a breadth of experience in early childhood, community, mental health and disability support.

Support

If you need any support there are a range of organisations that can help:

CASA House and Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292

 

Safe Steps: Family Violence Response Centre
1800 015 188 

Telephone counselling, information and referral to safe accommodation in Victoria for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
www.safesteps.org.au

 

WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange)
1300 134 130 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday except public holidays)
www.wire.org.au

1800RESPECT
1800 737 732  (toll free, 24/7)
Australia-wide 24- hour telephone and online counselling service for domestic violence or sexual assault www.1800respect.org.au           


Djirra       
1800 105 303 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Support service available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.    

 

Switchboard
1800 184 527
Phone and web counselling for the LGBTIQA+ community.
www.qlife.org.au


For emergencies please contact 000

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