#MeToo in the Culture Sector: Read or listen to our SHIFT Key Findings
IETM is leading the Strand on Gender & Power Relations of SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training, an Erasmus+ project aiming to provide training and skills for cultural leaders, specifically those of cultural networks.
The aim of the SHIFT Gender and Power Relations work is to research cases of sexual harassment and power abuse that have been revealed and discussed in the European arts field in recent years, with a focus on the developments since the #MeToo period. The team of researchers also aims to propose solution-oriented strategies for creating equitable and safe work environments for culture professionals.
As part of our research, we have just published our Key Findings #MeToo in The Culture Sector: From call-outs to structural change. This first document aims to share and put to discussion some first major takeaways from our work, to be presented in an online session on 6 October 2021. It also formulates preliminary recommendations and three major questions aimed to develop a transnational, cross-border perspective and possible solutions to combat sexual harassment and power abuse in the European cultural sector.
A final publication outlining our extensive research and recommendations will be presented on 22 October 2021, during the IETM Plenary Meeting in Lyon.
The SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training project aims to provide training and skills for cultural leaders, specifically those of cultural networks. Cultural leaders shall be enabled to implement changes where needed and to pass on their knowledge gained through the project to leaders and staff members of their network, as well as to the broader cultural sector.
Being a part of the SHIFT project alongside eight other European cultural networks, we are leading the project strand on Gender & Power Relations and contribute to the packages on Climate Changes and Inclusion. The project is coordinated by the European Music Council.
SHIFT is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and was initiated by nine European cultural networks: European Music Council; European Choral Association – Europa Cantat; ELIA - European League for Higher Arts Education; European Union of Music Competitions for Youth; Fresh Arts Coalition Europe; IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts; International Music Council; On the Move; and Trans Europe Halles.