Brave Exhibitions Festival 2021 - Safe Space Measures in collaboration with Tits Upon Tyne

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

As part of a research project by Natalie Greener (Tits Upon Tyne); intertwining community and safe space campaigns with media and arts practice.


[LAST UPDATED 19.11.2021]

Access our anonymous Policy Feedback Form if you feel as though you are underrepresented, or perhaps have constructive criticism for edits and improvements

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An open conversation about constant improvements is welcomed, especially from staff and artists involved with Brave Exhibitions. We have set up an anonymous feedback form to reinforce this that can be accessed here. The resources put together by Tits Upon Tyne are available for use by everyone, please feel free to utilise them how you see fit; Safe space sister organisations.

Mission Statement from Tits Upon Tyne:

Our aim is to take a proactive approach in response to recent industry happenings. We understand that assuring complete safety is unrealistic and unattainable, however we recognise that there are more preventative measures that can be taken. As part of our non-profit work within the Northeast music community, we are assisting grass root venues in a bid to further prioritise staff, customer and artist safety. Throughout this research, there will be a focus on minority groups and creating a safe space for music lovers. This does not touch on all ideas but provides a rough outline for the next steps in being proactive – the goal is to have these standards met on a wide scale, thus must be cost-effective and accessible to all venues and promoters alike. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Who have we reached out to?

  • Girls Against

  • Tits Upon Tyne CIC

  • The F-List

  • Down To Earth Festival

  • Female Music Focus

  • POWA Scottland

  • Fanny Riot

  • Keychange

  • Shout Up!


Brave Exhibitions wants to extend their welcome to this year’s festival. In such a turbulent time for our local music community, the event recognises the importance of coming together and being proactive about change. There is an understandable doubt that music organisations are claiming to take the right steps forward but have nothing to show for it. We want to be fully transparent in the precautions we are taking and provide you with regular updates; peace of mind doesn’t take a lot! This is a tricky time for the music industry and reassurance of our progress is the least we can do. As a festival, we are looking inwards to see if there are any changes or improvements we can make first, in a bid to make the space safe to the best of our ability. To ensure we do this properly, we have requested the help of Tits Upon Tyne to assist us in this development. With their guidance and research, we have budgeted time and space to make this a priority. We would love if you could take the time to read through some of the steps we have taken in implementing comprehensive and safe measures:

  • A Safe Space Policy is to be put together and distributed to everyone involved with the festival. This has the intent to be made public and compiled using research conducted by Tits Upon Tyne and their sister organisations. This will include huge focus on the MU’s Music Sector Code of Practice, in partnership with the ISM, to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector. It sets out principles to help employers meet their legal requirements, and presents a shared vision for promoting and maintaining a positive working culture. Policy will be followed by primary research and secondary input to constantly update or amend when feedback is submitted. We recognise that a blanket policy cannot be truly efficient – especially without talking to minority communities directly and co-writing policies with cultural representatives. We are exploring this avenue actively alongside safe space research; specifically the potential for non-binary and ethnic minority group policy authors.

  • We are actively in liaison with Girls Against and likeminded organisations to help direct us on what we can do in a bid to be better as an arts institution. With a focus on cultural agency and community consultations, a push has been made to include them in the planning of and the event itself. A direct and hands-on approach has been taken, with the intention of regular communication resulting in a stronger presence on the day.

  • A budget has been put aside to dedicate solely to safe space campaigns; examples are anti spiking freebies and venue staff training. We are currently working out the most effective and efficient way to utilise this budget! Updates will be available upon request. With a focus on internal changes, Tits Upon Tyne has compiled a venue report on the Cluny, this year’s festival location.

  • We have donated the Fringe Festival to the partners, who are using the event as a way to have a wider reach and impact. These will incorporate local grass root venues, with an emphasis on community and culture. This event will be Generator NE and Tits Upon Tyne ran, shining a light on our women in music. All policies will also be in place here.

External Resources

If you work for an employer – get your employer to sign the Music Code of Practice

If you are a freelance musician – follow our campaign #ProtectFreelancersToo

Sign up as a supporter to get further communications on how you can help

Spread the word about the MU’s Safe Space with your professional community

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC POSTER: Use this poster to spread the word about the MU’s Safe Space and importance of reporting sexual harassment in music industry.

STEP 1 : APPLY TO BECOME A SHOUT-UP! VENUE Newcastle-based licensed venues can apply providing you can commit to:

  • 100% of managerial and supervisory staff receive Bystander Intervention training.

  • 100% of all other staff complete online training course.

  • Complete and implement a sexual harassment policy.

  • Public acknowledgement of your participation through marketing, social media, posters and promotional material.

STEP 2 : PARTICIPATE IN THE BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING. A face-to-face group training session for those in managerial and supervisory roles – Training provided by Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland at a Newcastle city centre venue. STEP 3 : TRAIN ALL STAFF MEMBERS WITH ONLINE TRAINING RESOURCES. An online training course for all staff members to take within 6 weeks of step 2 – Four modules to complete with quizzes throughout, once complete a certificate will last for 2 years before staff must retake. The certificate is transferable between Newcastle licensed-premises. STEP 4 : COMPLETE A SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY Support from Shout-Up! to implement necessary policies and procedures within 6 weeks of step 2 – Our team will help you to create research and create policies, to ensure they are compliant and appropriately safeguard staff and patrons from sexual harassment.

Keychange is a movement fighting for a sustainable music industry. We support talented but underrepresented artists and encourage organisations to take a pledge for gender equality. As we manifest this goal together, Keychange champions statistics, achievements, and our roster of talent, allies and leaders.

Welcome packs for main festival and fringe event:

Women in music _ Who gives a f____! WELCOME PACK AND SAFETY PROTOCOL
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Brave Exhibitions Safe Spaces Measurements
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