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How the Fade In Network is Teaching Consent with Music

by Billie Jean Hardin

Kay Brown speaks candidly about her passion behind the Fade In Network

Kay Brown is on a mission. A mission to create a safe environment for people to enjoy themselves while dancing the night away. For the past five years, Brown has worked alongside survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This was significant fuel for the ideas she started to create. After a poignant moment in her psychology class, Kay acknowledged that one in four women on college campuses have experienced attempted or completed sexual assault/violence.

 “I remember when it hit me how prevalent sexual violence was in the United States. It felt like an obvious opportunity to build upon my existing training, education and experience and redesign a program to fit the industries where I spent the most time outside of my home-music and nightlife. We have the capability to do better! At the base level, I believe people should feel comfortable, respected and safe whether that is at a bar, venue, festival or even just with the content from their headphones. We challenge our artists to curate mixes that are free from references of sexual coercion and violence.” 

-Kay Brown

A lover of the House and Techno scene, Kay wanted to begin there and created the group known as Four 4 Consent stemming from the 4/4 beats found in House music measures. Brown feels that bars, clubs, venues, and festivals can learn tactics to help keep their patrons safe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been groped at a club here in Denver. I witnessed the VIP staff on many occasions groping girls who were inebriated and when I brought this to the attention of management, they shrugged it off. I vowed never to return to that club no matter who was playing.

Brown shares, “I created Fade In’s screening criteria because I felt an ethical obligation to improve the culture of dance music with the capabilities that I have. I felt that creating our criteria for screening was the first step, educating our producers and DJs was the second step and I am excited to be breaking into educating venues, like bars and clubs as well as festivals to improve the safety of others” as the third and final step in ensuring a safe environment for fun to be had. It’s a very respectable clause and one I’m fully behind.

Kay Brown has been working on another project titled “Hometown Heros” which is dedicated to showcasing up and coming talent through weekly one hour mixes from all over the world.

For more information on how to submit your music, please contact demo@fadeinnetwork.com with a copy of your artist electronic press kit and link to a sample mix for guest mix submissions.

Resources:

  • If you are or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, and are needing support or resources, you can visit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to receive support via confidential online chat, or call 1-800-656-HOPE
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and are in need of support or resources call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and are in need of support or resources contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or via text to 233733 (text HELP or INFO)

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