A collective of female jazz musicians called the “We have Voice Collective,” issued a Code of Conduct on May 1 aimed as setting rules for the way women are treated by men musicians. The collective of 14 women, both instrumentalists and vocalists, hope these rules will stem predatory and improper sexual behavior in the industry. Tenor saxophonist, Maria Grand, said “What we are trying to do is change the cultural mind-set so that people know what to do when they suspect or see abuse.”
So far nine jazz organizations including labels and venues have agreed to abide by this Code of Conduct. The collective includes veteran musicians, drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington and flutist, Nichole Mitchell. The music industry, unlike the movie industry, has no labor organization like the Screen Actors Guild, which in February released its own code for sexual behavior. The Collective hopes to get more jazz institutions and festivals to accept the Code of Conduct in the coming months.