Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group holds regular online meetings where members of the TPG community exchange knowledge and resources to consider ways to make tangible change happen within the touring community.
The group is bound by its own Safe Space Agreement which invites honesty and support as individuals within it charter their own journeys of change.
Sessions are attended by people with lived experience in their specific area of expertise and are tailored to the touring community with the intention of educating TPG members and engaging them in conversation within a peer-led space to challenge out-of-date practices. Collectively with guests, members bring to life the learnings within the group and, most importantly, how to apply them to future tours to ensure that things don’t simply go back to the way they were.
The Working Group creates and shares resources, such as the Best Practice Guide with the goal of reshaping the industry for the better; and creating opportunities for minorities in a post-Covid-19 world.
The working group is run by two co-facilitators who support the Committee and the Association in achieving its objectives relating to diversity, equity & inclusion within the music touring profession.
Keely Myers (she/her) is a highly experienced Director & Tour Producer. With a wealth of live music & touring knowledge ranging over 20yrs, she has fulfilled roles from Production Manager, Tour Manager, Tour Accountant & Tour Director on a multitude of tours. In 2015 she launched Global Touring Office, producing UK, European & world music tours, festivals and special events. Past and present clients include: A-ha, Anastacia, Biffy Clyro, Dido, Kate Bush, Lily Allen, Maribou State, Muse and Take That. During the pandemic Keely has worked in educational setting, delivering courses for MMF (Music Managers Forum) and through her work with TPG is committed to improving Diversity, Mental Health, Sustainability and Covid-19 working procedures in the live and touring industry.
Having cut her teeth in all things production at music management company ie:music, Joanne Croxford (she/her) has worked in the area of wellness & diversity in the music business for many years. After spending time working in NHS mental health services, Joanne followed up by working at music industry mental health & addiction charity, Music Support. She also gives her time to music charity Girls Rock London, in an attempt to challenge & change the gender & cultural imbalances within the industry from the ground up. Joanne is in long-term recovery from addiction, is affiliated with the Music Industry Therapist & Coach Collective & The Roadie Clinic in co-running online support group meetings, Roadies in Recovery.