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5/15/2005

 
MusicBizAdvice.com Kicks Off Summer Concert Season with Safety Campaign

for Female Concert Goers and Women in the Music Industry

MusicBizAdvice.com continues its annual Concert Season tradition of distributing its Safety Tips for Female Concert Fans and Women in the Music Industry. The list of Safety Tips is distributed to radio stations, live concert indsutry professionals, women in the music industry, and female music fans to read on the air, post on their websites, and distribute to friends and colleagues via email.

(PRWEB) May 15, 2005 -- As May marks the official start of concert season, MusicBizAdvice.com continues its annual tradition of distributing its Safety Tips for Female Concert Fans and Women in the Music Industry. (For your convenience, the full text of Safety Tips is at the end of this email.)

The list of Safety Tips is distributed to radio stations, live concert indsutry professionals, women in the music industry, and female music fans to read on the air, post on their websites, and distribute to friends and colleagues via email.

"I was inspired to do this because when I used to work for a concert promoter and left the venues late at night, there was always at least female fan who who'd been stranded by 'friends' and was too intoxicated to get home on her own," says MusicBizAdvice.com Editor and Founder Randi Reed. "People tend to feel like nothing can happen to them at a concert because they're focused on having a good time. But one girl had lost her purse and had no ID, and she was too intoxicated to even tell me her name." Faced with the prospect of leaving the fan at the empty venue "in the middle of nowhere" or waiting for the police to arrive from the nearest city, Reed and some female colleagues ended up taking the fan to one of their homes. Says Reed: "I wouldn't recommend it, but other than Security, we were the last people to leave, and it was really late. We couldn't just leave her there, because who knows what would have happened to her? Maybe this campaign will help keep someone else safe, too."

MusicBizAdvice.com is an online career and lifestyle magazine published by music industry professionals experienced in booking, artist management, and concert promotion at the national level. It's read in 59 countries worldwide, and its This Month in Music History is featured at the entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe in Queensland, Australia. MusicBizAdvice.com has also been featured on Bon Jovi's official web site.

Safety Tips for Female Fans and Women in the Music Industry

Plan ahead:
Always know how youre getting home from a show, and have a back-up plan if you arrived with someone else.

Know in advance what you'll do if your ride hooks up with a long-lost (or new-found) friend. It's amazing how flaky some friends and acquaintances get at a concert--even the ones you think are responsible. We never fail to see at least one stranded chick after a show, so don't let it be you. (While youre at it, keep an eye on your less-savvy sisters--especially if theyre obviously impaired. Sometimes it takes a village to get a drunken fool home.)

It should go without saying that your cell phone should be freshly-charged.

Regardless of how you plan to get home, carry enough cash for a cab, phone numbers for the cab company and auto club, cell numbers of the people you're meeting at the show, the address and cross-streets of the venue, and a couple dollars' worth of quarters incase your cell phone isnt working. (A phone card won't help you if you're too drunk to dial a long sequence of numbers.) Also good: a pair of tennis shoes to keep in the car, because a long walk to civilization in heels is not fun.

If you're arriving at an outdoor show in the afternoon or attending an outdoor show that lasts all day, wear a high SPF sunscreen, and bring extra with you, even if the sky seems overcast. (You'll probably regret it if you don't). Also wear good-quality sunglasses; at many outdoor venues, the stage is situated so the sun sets behind the performers.

Make sure you have enough cash to buy plenty of water. Most venues won't let you bring in your own, and it's usually expensive.

At the show:
Choose a Designated Driver before you arrive at the venue. (One good incentive is for everyone else to buy the Designated Driver's food, non-alcoholic beverages, or T-shirts.)

If it's an outdoor show, remember that alcohol is dehydrating and that the sun may intensify alcohol's effects.

Never accept a drink that the waitress or bartender didnt hand to you personally.

Repeat this mantra: Leave the table, get a new drink. Your drink should never be left unattended at a club or attended by someone you just met. Not for a second, no exceptions.

Keep your wits about you. At a certain point in the evening, start drinking club soda with lemon or lime. If youre the type whos worried about peer pressure, no problem--the others will probably be bad off enough to think it's gin and tonic.

After the show:
Pay attention to whats happening around you. So basic, but after a show, most people dont.

Dont rely on pepper spray to keep you safe. At most shows, its a no-no and will be confiscated at the door. Instead, learn to carry your keys defensively: firmly in the fist of your dominant hand, with a key sticking out between each finger.

If you and a gal pal took separate cars, walk together to one car and drive the other girl to hers.

Trust your instincts. If you have a weird feeling about someone or youre uneasy about a situation, get out. Those instincts are there for a reason.

Additional tips for women who work in the music industry:
Never go alone to an unfamiliar address for an audition, photo session, interview, or meeting, or to see a person youve just met. Take a friend with a book, and tell someone else where youll be and what time youll return. Most men in the industry will understand your concern for safety. If they do have a problem with it, be on your guard; you can tell a lot about someone by their reaction to your showing up with an unannounced friend. (Important: choose the friend wisely. You want someone whos content to quietly read and stay out of the way, and who can be trusted to keep overheard conversations to herself.)

If you're a runner or are doing any other job that may require you to run errands or drive someone around, anticipate what may be needed and map out potential destinations. (This also ups your market value as a music industry professional: people who ask "where's the nearest...?" remember people who answer quickly and accurately and may ask for them personally...or hire them later down the road.)

Be especially alert in backstage areas of venues you don't know well, and try to avoid isolated areas. This is especially important at fairs and festival shows with lesser-known artists, because lower budgets may mean less thorough background checks for event staff or touring personnel. Also, outdoor events are more difficult to keep secure.

Knowing female crew members, as well as the Director of Security for the venue and for the platinum-level artist on the bill is always good, if your job puts you in proximity to do so.

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