GrooveSafe Launches Survey to Study Fan Experience at Concerts

By Stu Kelly / February 6, 2024

To further its mission of creating a safer and more inclusive environment within the live music community, GrooveSafe, a nonprofit initiative aimed at combating unwanted touching and sexual assault at concerts, has launched a comprehensive survey to delve deeper into the fan experience.

Since its inception in 2017 by Ashley Driscoll, GrooveSafe has been dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence of unwanted touching and sexual violence at live music events. Transitioning from a grassroots movement to an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2019, GrooveSafe has tirelessly worked towards fostering a culture of consent and zero tolerance towards harassment in concert spaces.

“This survey is a crucial step towards achieving our goal of creating a no-tolerance environment for harassment and misconduct at concerts,” added Driscoll. “We believe that by listening to fans’ voices and understanding their experiences, we can work towards meaningful change within the live music community.”

Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by concert-goers, GrooveSafe has partnered with researchers at Sacred Heart University to design a Fan Experience Survey. The survey aims to collect anonymous accounts from live music attendees about their experiences, observations, and any instances of misconduct they may have encountered during concerts.

Driscoll emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, “While many fans have shared their experiences with GrooveSafe, there is still much more to learn. Our goal is to provide a platform for individuals to share their stories confidentially, which will enable us to understand better the prevalence of nonconsensual touching, harassment, and sexual misconduct within the live music community.”

The survey, which only takes five minutes to complete, seeks to gather valuable insights that will serve as a baseline for GrooveSafe to gauge the effectiveness of its outreach efforts and educational initiatives. By analyzing the data collected, GrooveSafe aims to identify areas where additional support and resources are needed to improve overall safety and respect for everyone in concert settings.

The survey is open to all live music enthusiasts and guarantees complete confidentiality to participants. By participating, concert-goers can contribute to a safer and more inclusive environment for music lovers everywhere.

Take the survey here, and for more information, check out GrooveSafe’s official website here. Together, we can build a culture of consent and respect within the vibrant world of live music.

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Stu Kelly