Tampa workshop invites live music professionals to get free anti-harassment safety training

It happens on Monday at Straz Center.

click to enlarge Monday's 'Here For The Music Workshop' was organized by Tom DeGeorge, owner of Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida. - Photo by Dave Decker
Photo by Dave Decker
Monday's 'Here For The Music Workshop' was organized by Tom DeGeorge, owner of Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida.
After securing an unprecedented live entertainment relief package that’s helped live music venues stay open after the pandemic, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) wants to help live music professionals and concertgoers feel safer when they go out to a show.

A free, anti-harassment safety training and policy workshop is set for Monday, Oct. 17 at the David A. Straz Center in downtown Tampa. Dubbed “Here For The Music Workshop: Ending Harassment in Live Music Spaces,” the two-hour event is open to all employees in the independent live entertainment community.

The Tampa workshop—organized by Crowbar owner Tom DeGeorge  in conjunction with the Calling All Crows group—is part of a nationwide series, which includes safety events in Austin, Texas and New York City.

A press release says that during the workshop, attendees will “Learn to identify potentially harmful behaviors, strategies to safely/effectively disrupt harm, and how to respond to reports of violence in a trauma-informed way.”

Included in the workshop is a license that gives attendees 30 days access to a self-paced course that’s actually required in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Main and New York.

“Sexual and interpersonal violence are pervasive problems in our communities and in our industry. Calling All Crows launched this campaign in 2017 to bring effective sexual violence prevention and response strategies to the music industry to make our work places and the community spaces safer, more equitable, and more joyful,” a NIVA press release says.

Registration is required, and available via paperform.co.

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