CashorTrade: March 9, 2021 - By Alec Tatro
"We wanted to take this opportunity to commemorate and give a shout-out to the badass women that are involved in the many industries and sectors that support live music and make our world a better place."
August 18, 2020: Our pre-DaaM show is one for the ladies. Bethany Barker runs the popular Phish Chicks page, Ashley Driscoll started Groove Safe and Jeni Enck from Custy Noob Productions and Pollock Studios whose smack dab in the middle of it all, as we get into the perspective on the scene from the women.
Ashley Driscoll is the founder of GrooveSafe, an organization on a mission to stop unwanted touching at shows. It was a pleasure having her on and hearing her speak about all of her amazing work she is doing with GrooveSafe.
On March 11, 2020 we will have our second GrooveSafe Allstars benefit event at Cervantes in Denver, CO.
GrooveSafe has been working hard all year bringing awareness to unwanted touching and sexual assault at concerts all over the musical community. Ashley Driscoll and her team have made many big strides with the cause including tabling at Dead and Company’s Fall Fun Run at Madison Square Garden. The non-profit organization has announced a list of shows that you can find them at which you can find out below:
12/26: Runaway Gin w/ Space Junk Is Forever and Peak Builders Network | Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
12/27: The Disco Biscuits | The Playstation Theatre – New York, NY
12/28: Pink Talking Fish | The Gramercy – New York, NY (Phish After Party)
12/29: Cypher – Coach Z | Bar 9 – New York, NY (Phish Pre Party)
12/30: PhanArt Exhibition | Hotel Pennsylvania – New York, NY
12/31: Aqueous | Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
1/3: The Disco Biscuits | The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
1/4: The Disco Biscuits | The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
This coming Monday, October 14, New York’s Brooklyn Bowl will host the first ever GrooveSafe Allstars concert event. This event is coming together with the combined efforts of many music industry professionals that want to keep the conversation about consent in the forefront in the live music scene and support the GrooveSafe movement. The initial GrooveSafe Allstars show will feature members of Turkuaz, lespecial, Goose, Escaper, Swimmer, Guerilla Toss, Cousin Earth and Of Clocks And Clouds.
Sammi Garett (Turkuaz)
Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz)
Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz)
Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz)
Luke Bemand (lespecial)
Will Hanza ( Escaper)
Ben Atkind (Goose)
Matt Dolliver (Swimmer)
Sam Lisabeth (Guerilla Toss)
Melissa Goscinski (Cousin Earth)
Tara Lawton (Cousin Earth)
Tom Salgo (Of Clocks And Clouds)
Mirth Films had an opportunity to sit with Ashley and discuss the history of the movement, what it means to her and what the goal of the initiative is for the future. These can be hard conversations to have, but awareness is the first step toward prevention.
ISABELLA GOMEZ, Consequence of Sound
For activist Ashley Driscoll, the steps Coachella is taking resonate with a much-needed dialogue within live music spaces. After facing constant unwanted touching at shows, Driscoll founded a group called GrooveSafe in 2017 that aims to “redefine consent culture” and raise awareness about body safety for all genders across all genres of concerts.
Mirth Fims, (Writer: Emily VanderWiel)
“Keep your hands to yourself,” this is something we are taught as early as preschool, and sometimes in certain situations there is an apparent need to remind ourselves of this. Living in a digital age where boundaries and personal connections are commonly overlooked or forgotten, it has become incredibly important to be purposeful in our social interactions. It happens too much; unwanted touching, invasion of personal space and outright sexual assault. From this realization that more awareness was needed, GrooveSafe was born.
She Shreds Magazine, Isabella Gomez
"After starting an online discussion about the groping that would sometimes happen at shows, Phish fan Ashley Driscoll launched GrooveSafe, an initiative that partners with bands, venues, and promoters to set up a booth educating concert-goers about sexual assault. "
Myfavoriteband Blog, Allie Wenner
We’re in the midst of the #MeToo movement, and organizations across a variety of industries are starting to crack down on sexual violence — but concert venues and music festivals appear to be among the last remaining holdouts. Why are so few bands, venues, and promoters speaking out or taking steps to strengthen their policies when these actions are becoming the norm in other parts of society? Allie Wenner interviews artists, fans, and sexual violence prevention experts involved in two very different music scenes to find out.
Live For Live Music, Ming Lee Newcomb
Increasingly, sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment has flooded the news following the viral #MeToo movement as well as with a recent flurry of accusations against celebrities. However, it’s not just high-profile personalities who have overstepped boundaries or committed acts of sexual violence against unwilling participants. Rather, being the victim of inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact is an insidious occurrence for a large portion of the population during daily life, and both men and women can share stories of being inappropriately touched at shows.