We’re headed to SXSW!
Earlier this year, someone asked us what our goals for femchord were; you know, the big stuff. We came up with two things off the top of our heads: Go to SXSW and get Michelle Obama on the radio show. First stop Austin in 2017, next FLOTUS!*
Core to the mission of femchord, we believe music and the spaces it occupies, should be safe and welcoming for people of all genders and sexual orientations. We are incredibly excited to bring together artists and activists to discuss problems of harassment at venues and festivals and propose solutions at SXSW 2017.
Safe Space to Rock: Combating Harassment in Music
Music, and the spaces it occupies, has often been a safe haven for those who feel they don’t belong—a place to express and feel without fear. But in 2016 alone, over 40 women were assaulted within a week at music festivals, an entire state told trans artists and fans they weren’t welcome in facilities, and LGBT nightlife was the center of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. We must act. In this panel moderated by femchord host Kate Ida, artists and activists will come together to discuss problems of harassment in the music scene and propose solutions to ensure the music community is a safe, accessible space for people of all genders and sexual orientations.
- Jade Payne, Aye Nako
- Jessica Raven, Collective Action for Safe Spaces
- Sadie Depuis, Sad13 & Speedy Ortiz
- Kate Ida, femchord
*Just to clarify, we haven’t secured Michelle Obama as a guest, yet.