Nightlife Violence Prevention Program Four4Consent is Awarded Grant by State of California

Jul 21, 2022

Melisa Yuriar

2 min read

After being awarded a grant of just under $300,000 from the state of California to fund its nightlife violence prevention program for two years, Four 4 Consent is finally gearing up to start their preventative courses later this month.

As previously reported by Gray Area in April, the Nightlife Safety Summit ambassador program aims to educate music professionals—from artists to their agents, talent acquisition, and buyers—on sexual assault and violence prevention within the music industry.

"We are glad that California is taking initiative and placing finances into prevention funding for sexual and domestic violence programming. Prevention work is historically some of the most underfunded in the anti-violence movement, despite the high associated costs of each instance of sexual violence," said the organization’s executive director, Kay Brown.

Administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES), the Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Program awards are used to invest in sexual and domestic violence education by prioritizing accessibility to populations where these issues are overly prevalent.

According to Brown, funding will be primarily used for operating costs and expanding the program’s staff which will now include several prevention advocates, community education and outreach specialist, a music business management facilitator, and an artist advisor—all available to Nightlife Safety Summit attendees for consultation.

The grant will also reduce the financial barrier to accessing training and education for participants with ties specifically to Los Angeles County, said Brown. “All participants who work, live, tour, or are on a team with an artist that falls into one of these areas qualify for this cohort.

"While spots for the Los Angeles cohort have all been filled, applicants with ties to the remaining 49 states are still being accepted on a rolling basis—managing a US-based artist or working in music within any US state will qualify an applicant for the program.

Those interested in applying to the program may text “Ambassador” to (313) 367-1228 to receive a link to apply.

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