We Have Voice, a collective of fourteen musicians connected to the jazz world, has released a code of conduct addressing issues of harassment in the field and with the goal of “creating safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts.” The document is now available for distribution, plus the organization’s website encourages the co-signing of an open letter which begins:
This open letter is inspired by the #MeToo movement and the rising tide of brave and open conversations regarding sexual violence and gender discrimination in various art and entertainment industries and beyond. It emerges from discussions among musicians in our community following a recent article in The Boston Globe as well as ongoing articles, essays, and media coverage that have been coming out daily about sexual violence and gender discrimination in our industry. We Have Voice Collective invites others to stand with us and add their names to this letter as an act of support, solidarity, and commitment to creating a culture of equity in our professional world.
Read more about this collective and its work in this profile at NPR Music.