• NEXT EDITION
  • 27-31 OCT 2021
  • Porto, Portugal

WOMEX Code of Conduct

Since 1994, WOMEX - The Worldwide Music Expo, has welcomed people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. It is committed to making the on-site and virtual event to be a respectful, considerate, harassment-free space for all participants - regardless of their age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, appearance, nationality, ethnicity or socioeconomic status and beliefs. WOMEX does not tolerate harassment towards, between, or among its members in any form, and it is expected that our community members and participants treat each other with empathy and respect.

We value everyone's participation and attendance and are grateful that our global community is attentive, helpful, friendly and supportive of one another —and we are proud that this is what makes WOMEX such an extraordinary event.

All participants, whether on-site or virtual - including conference speakers, artists, partners, teams and delegates - are expected to conform to our Code of Conduct in order to establish a safe environment for each other. Non-compliance may result in being expelled from the event without a refund, as stated and agreed in our registration terms and conditions.

In every session, you will find one WOMEX team member present. Please notify us if you believe an incident has taken place, and we will address the situation. We would like you to support us in making everyone feel inclusive and safe. To encourage networking and connections among participants, we recommend using your real name on Zoom and encourage you to upload a picture of yourself to your profile. Please do not use malicious or offensive language, whether spoken or in the chat options; and please do not 'spam' Community chats with offers or promotions. In case you are accidentally granted a moderator status of a video stand of which you are not an owner, please do not misuse the granted rights, and return the ownership of the virtual space to the rightful partner once they re-appear online.

This year, we are all enduring unusual circumstances due to the global pandemic, adapting to a 'new normal'. We are all working from home, or from makeshift or half-staffed offices, adapting to the latest technologies, learning and developing new skills, taking on new responsibilities, and communicating globally whilst based in different time zones around the world. Therefore, in these exceptional times, should any circumstantial mishaps, errors or delays occur, we kindly ask all our participants to show support, patience and compassion to one another.

Our Code of Conduct does not exist because we expect to deal with any unpleasant circumstances and issues. We have it so as to inspire confidence in our community of participants, and to reassure them that they are attending an event that provides a safe, comfortable and open space for the relationships and interactions that we all value.