A survey carried out by Pirate Studios has revealed that only around 7% of artists have an inclusion or diversity clause in their rider.
As Pirate explains, "an inclusion rider or equity rider is a provision in an artist's contract that stipulates a certain level of diversity is met on an event line-up". The company, which runs a number of DJ studios in various cities, polled more than 700 artists within its community for the survey and also revealed that just 30% of respondents were aware of what an inclusion rider is.
London's Southbank Centre has announced DJ collective Sisu as residents for Concrete Lates.
The crew will begin their tenure at the cultural hub this spring. Describing themselves as "an artistic community providing a platform to educate, inspire and showcase aspiring female DJs and producers through DJ courses, events, radio shows, a mix series and workshops", they have been active in Berlin and the UK since 2017, hosting sessions in London, Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol.
In the year since the #MeToo movement, those who were previously unaware have, at last, been waking up to the horrifying pervasiveness of sexual harassment. It primarily affects women, and is almost always perpetrated by men. It happens more often in public than in private, but is often more violent behind closed doors. It can have damaging effects on victims, who sometimes suffer from anxiety and depression long after the incident is over.
“But as far as I’m concerned, everyone is responsible for their behaviour no matter what condition they’re in, and everyone deserves to be in a space where they’re safe” - CHRISTINA WHEELER
As many who make a living in the industry know, the dancefloor is also often a place of work. And proponents of Code-adoption point to the blurred lines that sometimes come with conducting business in an often- hedonistic clubbing environment.
Dance inc. is a new podcast from regular DJ Mag contributor Goldierocks and radio producer Sarah Myles, which aims to shine a light on some of dance music’s toughest, most controversial issues.
The podcast, which has been produced in association with DJ Mag, covers everything from the LGBT roots of dance music to sex in the club, to the highs and lows of managing a career in the music industry and disability in the rave.
Steve Aoki used some recent interview time to promote more inclusiveness across clubland and the festival landscape. The Dim Mak label founder called on male DJs to “step aside to make room for women DJs and women producers on festivals.”