Tools to encourage an inclusive space, for use by anyone coming into a venue (act or promoter).
Why a Safety Rider?
Safety riders require or encourage certain measures be in place at any venue you play, for example gender-neutral bathrooms, prevention and response plans for sexual harassment, harm reduction policies, etc.
(The below draws heavily from Good Night Out Vancouver’s excellent work)
Things you may want to require/request on a safety rider:
- At least 1 (or more) women/non-binary security staff to be rostered on for your show.
- Diversity of venue staff (bar, door, technical teams) to be rostered on for your show.
- A briefing with you/your TM and the security team to reiterate the security-related things that are important to you. (See the “Security Tip Sheet” for more examples of what you might want to raise.)
- Write your own Safe Spaces policy/crowd expectations and request it be shared by the venue/promoter ahead of the show.
- Print out and display a personalized “Safety Poster” that articulates your (the artist) expectations of the crowd and the venue at your show.
- If you’re a solo performer, a venue spot person to stand by during gear load out & waiting for transpo if needed.
Questions you may want to ask of the venue/the security provider:
- Do they have a policy/policies on acceptable crowd behaviour, incident reporting, and incident response they can share with you?
- How are their staff (security, bar, door, tech) are trained/expected to handle reports of harassment, discrimination, and assault?
- Are their staff trained in bystander intervention, and how are they trained to identify situations where this may be needed?
- Ask for specifics about where/how patrons can seek help and report incidents.
- Are staff briefed on how to navigate ID checks for transgender and gender non-conforming folks?
- What safety and accessibility features does the venue have? (mobility access, mobility and gender-neutral bathrooms)
- Accessible and Free Water for crowd.
If you haven’t already, read through the materials on the Inclusion Riders page for insight into the power of the rider and FAQs/tips on how to implement these kinds of clauses.
Safer Music Spaces
Check out this page if you’re a venue owner/manager, or are just looking for more information on how to create safer venues for everyone.