Before you start
EMA Recommends you appoint or hire a health and safety "lead"
Although event organizers can be the "health and safety lead", EMA recommends there is one more competent person responsible for event safety at the event. The "health and safety lead" should be in charge of health and safety of the entire event. This person should be the lead in a chain of command if health and safety responsibilities are delegated to other event team members. The "lead" should either be in charge of or at least part of a larger event safety management plan team (ESMP team) and understand and be able to effectively execute ESMP protocol. This protocol should include but is not limited to:
A Safety Note from a Fire Official
"Open space with no sprinkler system,
poor exits, and no security is a red flag"
Remember, these suggestions have been made with citizen safety in mind.
Poor exits and no sprinklers means the building has probably not been inspected and approved by the fire department. The fire department would like to to remind that if these red flags are observed,
"you should think twice before going inside."
About Electronic Music Alliance (EMA)
Protecting people, planet, parties
Event Safety Alliance (ESA) Guidebook
This was a very brief summary of some of the top tips we have for organizers when planning an event. These should not be looked at as standards. We highly recommend that all event organizers take the time to buy, read, and disseminate to production staff the Event Safety Alliance Guidebook. This guidebook delves further into deeper planning especially for larger events. Please visit the ESA website to acquire your book.
EMA is currently working with ESA and ESTA on actual industry standards for the music industry. This process will take possibly several years but is in process.
For a more in-depth best practices suggestion guide for DIY venues, please email us directly.
Social Media and Messaging Guide for Organizers + Attendee Ambassadors
ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALLIANCE (EMA)
Please check out our main website for more health and safety information at www.ema-global.org
We are a non-profit and global membership alliance of dance music fans, artists, and industry idealists.
We encourage our community to be the "Sound of Change."
We organize around issues important to the community like health, safety, greening, and giving back to our local communities through charitable works. We work to educate our community about these issues and create programs that offer fun & effective solutions.
Originally created in 2014, the main contributors to this tip guide were Janine Jordan and Terry Gotham.
Janine, recently held office for two years as a Neighborhood Council member for Mid-town North Hollywood.
She has been part of the dance music scene since 1999.
Extensively toured dance music clubs and festivals worldwide in the company of a global dance act since 2007.
She is the current Executive Director and has run the
Electronic Music Alliance since 2010.
As the former PR chair of New York's chapter of DanceSafe, Terry Gotham has tested drugs, provided harm reduction services, coordinated crisis intervention teams at large-scale warehouse & club parties, and lectured on these topics in the USA, Canada & the Netherlands for the last several years.