Sexual violence and harassment in live music is widespread. But it doesn’t have to be.

About HFTM

Our program to end violence in live music

HFTM was created in 2017, inspired by the #MeToo movement. It was Calling All Crows’ first campaign to directly challenge the music industry from the inside. Discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence are industry-wide problems and we’re recruiting the entire music community to foster solutions.

Join us in modeling the culture we want by fighting against sexual violence at shows and festivals. 

Fans Reached

Artist Partners

industry professionals trained

increase in live training audiences in the last year

“The training provided by Calling All Crows has given me and my tourmates a framework to discuss and deal with some of the hard-to-navigate situations we witness on the road and at shows. It’s given us vocabulary to share our experiences and see what we can learn from them together to make our specific foreigner of the touring world safer and more inclusive for all.”

– Jess Lewis, Tour Manager

Why it Works

We are embedded in the music industry, making it easy for venues, festivals and artists to work with us. 

Our trainings are written by industry pros, for industry pros.

The policies we develop center the unique strengths of each industry partner.

In-concert outreach connects fans with local, reputable, mental health resources as well as tangible tools for making their community safer.

Get Involved

For Music Industry Pros

Purchase access to our Sexual Violence Prevention and Response online training for your business.

Download our free policy guides for venues and festivals.

Contact Maggie Arthur, MSW, Director of Here for the Music to discuss training options, anti-violence policy development and more.

For Music Fans

Take our free music fan-oriented Sexual Violence Prevention & Response online training.

Expand our reach by using the form on this page to suggest a venue, festival, or artist who you want to receive support and training from Here for the Music.

Sign our open letter to the music industry demanding better sexual violence prevention and response policies and resources.

Volunteer with this campaign, learn more, and apply here.​

Donate and support our work to end sexual violence in live music spaces.

Download our toolkit for fans including email templates and social media-ready content for promoting #HereForTheMusic.

The Team

Meet the Crew

Our HFTM trainers have years of experience in the music industry and bystander intervention. They’ll equip you with the tools you need to create a safer, more inclusive environment in live music. If you are a fan, work for a venue, artist, festival, or any other music related field, schedule an in person or online training by contacting Maggie, our Here For The Music Director.

Maggie Arthur

Maggie has been working to end gender-based violence and supporting survivors since 2009. In 2017, she earned an MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago with  focus in community mobilization. She would love to talk to you about Chicago, Dolly Parton and building a world without violence.

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Jessie Cheng

Jessie Cheng is a marketing crealive and advocate for positive social impact. Her marketing experience has allowed her to work directly with artists and professionals in areas ranging from campaign management and strategy to tour marketing and artist development. She is dedicated to creating a safer, more inclusive environment in the music industry and is excited to serve as a trainer.

Meg Ward

Meg was introduced-to active bystander training through her graduate internship at a university victim advocacy center over 10 years ago – she’s been passionate about the framework since, and loves to see it applled in various sattings. Outside of CAC, Meg works in Learning & Development, where she facilitates trainings to employees around various management and leadership topics. She loves being active outdoors (biking along the Charles, hiking in the White Mountains), and seeing musical artists. 

Jessica McDevitt

Jessica McDevitt is a NYC-based entrepreneur and founder of amplity services, a social impact consultancy connecting artists to philanthropy. After 3 years at the Recording Academy/GRAMMYS, Jessica developed a mental health & music podcast called More or Less (with Jess) featuring guests like Chelsea Cutler, J.P. Saxe, Hunter Hayes, and more. Jessica’s advocacy extends to a decade of non-profit work including time with Jed Foundation; Aclive Minds, and now Calling All Grows.

Cinnamontal

Cinnamontal (pronounced similarly to “sentimental’) is a vocalist, bassoonist, commissioned songwriter, and producer who has a talent for engulfing listeners into her music. She is the songwriter of the national song of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc., the fastest-growing multicultural sorority in the world.

An alumna of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied Media Writing and Production, she has also received her Master of Music in Music Technology Innovation.

Jesse Nichols

Curator, promoter and creative mind Jesse Nichols with NAYLIS is known for supporting an expansive roster of innovative musicians. With over a decade of experience in Artist Management. Touring and Event Booking, she continues to advocate for artists and their extended communities.

Katy Kirby

With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Katy Kirby has worked as a marketing and project management professional in both live and recorded music at companies including Live Nation Thiry Tigers; and Concord. A seasoned communily organizer and aclivist, Katy has now focused her career on the health and wellness of the creative community. Katy is a certilied Mental Health Peer Specialist in the state of Texas.

Marita Kennedy-Castro

Marita Kennedy-Castro is an embodied movement artist, dance educator, intercultural bridge-builder, and trainer in violence-prevention. She resides in the unceded territory of the Wabanaki peoples, referred to as Maine under colonization. Marita is passionate about helping to shift the culture around violence and harassment to one of harm prevention and safety for all beings. She founded Embody the Rhythm to illuminate avenues to healing through movement as medicine.

By working with Calling All Crows to update and publish our anti-harassment policy and protocol our staff, volunteers, and fans knew this was an issue we take seriously. Our staff knew exactly how to handle any potential issues-they were so grateful to have access to the Here For The Music anti-harassment training, which we made available to them for free. And as festival organizers, we felt relief that our folks had more confidence in how to deal with harassment in a trauma informed way. We want everyone to feel safe and cared for in Harmony Park!”

– Mark Murphy (Wookiefoot) and Megan Huycke, Shangri-La festival organizers

Our Backers

Here For The Music Partners

By working with artists, venues and festivals, and music industry groups, #HFTM has helped make live music a safer space for all.

Artists Include:

boygenius | Brooke Annibale | Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos | Clairo | Courtney Barnett | DISPATCH | Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes | Frank Turner | Goose | Half Waif | King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard | La Dispute | Lizzie No | O.A.R. | Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Pinegrove | Raye Zaragoza | Ripe | Trevor Hall | The 1975

Venues and Festivals Include:

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival | California Roots Music & Arts Festival | CID Presents | EXIT/IN | Hinterland Music Festival | House of Blues Boston | L.A. Independent Venue Coalition | Marathon Music Works | Music Tastes Good | ONCE Somerville | Paradise Rock Club | Rock and Roll Rumble | Shangri-La Festival | SXSW | The Signal | The Truman | World Cafe Live

Music Industry Groups Include:

Amplify Her Voice | Event Safety Alliance | Good Harbor Management | Headcount | Ineffable Music | Mammoth Live | National Independent Venue Association & Foundation | Old Sol Alliance | REVERB | Spotify | Sound Girls | The Ally Coalition

Join Here for the Music

Be An Advocate

Help us make an impact and end sexual violence in live music by suggesting a venue, festival, or artist whom you want to receive support and training from Here For The Music because creating better and safer live music experiences for everyone requires, well, everyone.