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BIGSOUND is Making Noise to Stop Violence Against Women With #notON

Australia's music community have joined forces at this year’s BIGSOUND to break the silence on violence against women, it’s just #notON

As one of Australia’s premier music industry conferences and artist showcases, BIGSOUND will kick start the collaboration between QMusic, Our Nightlife Queensland, White Ribbon Australia, The Valley Liquor Accord and #notON to stamp out violence against women in Queensland’s live music venues.

Over the two days of BIGSOUND, the Australian music industry will be raising awareness in venues across Fortitude Valley that violence against women is #notON! Using this platform, live music venues and musicians will be wearing t-shirts and talking directly to fans on stage and online to attempt to raise awareness about domestic violence. Over the course of the event, festival goers will be surveyed about their perception of safety in live music venues.

QMusic will be including this campaign as part of a broader BIGSOUND program that includes a keynote address from acclaimed music journalist, Jessica Hopper, and panel content on safe spaces, and other issues affecting women in the music industry.

Australian singer Pete Murray gave his support to this important issue, saying "As an industry with a huge fan base of young males, we are in a unique position to be able to start conversations about what is a real epidemic in our society. This isn't a disease that's hard to find a cure for - it's about increasing awareness and saying that we refuse to live in a society that tolerates the kind of statistics that Australian's have been horrified by over the last few months"

As we all known, seeing live music is a much loved national pastime, but unfortunately, the experience of many women is that pubs, clubs and festivals are often gateways for violence or sexual harassment.

The #notON campaign was implemented by Brisbane artist, music manager and independent label owner, Deb Suckling, the project to date has reached more than 3 million people on social media and is growing into one of the largest music-led campaigns promoting violence against women in the country. It was officially launched in Brisbane in April 2015 as a grassroots initiative and has since been embraced by hundreds of artists, venues, festivals, media and countless business and industry organisations.

The plan to keep making noise to end violence against women is an awesome addition to the BIGSOUND conference, for more information check out the links below. 

http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2015/

http://www.whiteribbon.org.au

http://www.facebook.com/notonaustralia

http://www.nightlifeqld.com.au

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