COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

EFFECTIVE DATE: 27th November 2020

1. INTRODUCTION & PURPOSE

This policy covers the full spectrum of East Meets West activity, including when you interact with us in-person, online or by any other means.

Before interacting with East Meets West and other members of the network, you should read:

By continuing to interact with East Meets West and other members of the network, you agree to the terms set out in these documents.

We’ve written these Community Guidelines so that the network remains a safe, positive, collaborative and useful place to share information and support one another.

2. USEFUL CONTACTS

East Meets West is owned and operated by Little Earthquake as part of our wider activities.

Little Earthquake is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 10168346).

Our website address is: little-earthquake.com

Our correspondence address is:

Little Earthquake
Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
University of Birmingham
The Old Library (SOVAC)
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6LG

You can also contact us using the contact form on our website, or email us at epicentre [at] little-earthquake [dot] com.

If you have questions regarding these Community Guidelines, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details above.

3. WHO CAN JOIN THE NETWORK

There are two main online membership areas people can join within the network: a hub powered by Mighty Networks (located at: hub.eastmeetswest.org.uk), and a Facebook Group (located at: facebook.com/groups/emwtheatre).

We believe that a community thrives because of the individuals within it, no matter what size or shape of organisation they work for. Therefore, please register as yourself rather than as your organisation(s). You’ll have an opportunity to talk about your organisation(s) on your hub profile.

East Meets West is for everyone working in the professional independent theatre sector within the Midlands.

By theatre we mean the whole gamut of live performance from dance to circus, spoken word to live art, immersive to more traditional, plus all of those indefinable bits in between. If you describe what you do as theatre in some way, East Meets West is for you.

By everyone we mean administrators, composers and musicians, designers, directors, dramaturges, evaluators, facilitators, funders and fundraisers, general managers, marketers, performers, producers, production and stage managers, programmers, technicians, theatre makers, writers… and anyone else who helps to get independent theatre in front of audiences. We support artists, but we also know that others working in the sector need a support network too.

Whilst we recognise the enormous contribution amateur artists, organisations and societies bring to the cultural landscape of the Midlands, East Meets West is intended for those working within the industry in a professional capacity.

Most members will live and work in the East or West Midlands. For our purposes, an Eastie is based and making work in: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire or Rutland — and a Westie is based and making work in: Birmingham, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton or Worcestershire.

If you don’t live in the Midlands you can be an Honorary Member. All we ask is that you have a vested interest in work being created in (and not just touring to) the Midlands.

You need to be aged 16 or over to join the network.

4. ONLINE COMMUNITY ETIQUETTE

The East Meets West network is a very safe, friendly and supportive environment, and we intend to keep it that way. Please be nice to one another!

Debate and discussion is an important aspect of the network. While we value honesty and transparency during complex or difficult conversations, the tricky thing about written text is that tone can often be lost or misinterpreted. Please take this into account when posting online.

Please don’t post anything that could be considered rude, discriminatory, defamatory, libellous, threatening or unpleasant. We just won’t tolerate it.

5. ONLINE CONTENT RELEVANCE GUIDELINES

The network serves those working within the professional independent theatre sector in the Midlands. All posted content should be genuinely relevant to members.

Try and make your posted content as accurate and complete as you can. It’ll be of most use to other members and you’re likely to get a better response.

Please think about the most useful and relevant place to post your information before you do so, and only post your information to one location. Although you may be tempted to cross-post into multiple locations, you’re guaranteed to annoy members, especially those who have notifications turned on!

Users should only repost content which is similar to content that has previously been posted if there is a genuine reason for doing so. Examples of valid reasons for reposting include:

  • If an opportunity that you have previously posted about is approaching its deadline for applications and you wish to remind members about the deadline. You should only post a maximum of two reminders in addition to the original post;
  • If a job application deadline has passed without suitable applications being received and the recruitment process has been extended beyond the original deadline;
  • If a previously posted opportunity or event is occurring again at a different venue or on a different date;
  • If the details of a post have otherwise substantially or materially changed so as to alter the section of the website to which the information belongs.

If at any point you’re unsure of whether your information is right for the network, or where it should be posted to, please get in touch.

6. ADDING VALUE VS SELF PROMOTION

East Meets West has four guiding principles:

1. To champion greater democracy across the sector, supporting freelancers, organisations of all sizes, funders and stakeholders to tackle challenges more equitably;

2. To encourage more transparency throughout the sector, driving members to follow good practice and be held accountable for their processes and decisions;

3. To promote more efficiency in how the sector exchanges knowledge and how peers support one another;

4. To empower community members to take on active responsibility for enriching the health of the sector.

Before you post to the network, think about how your contribution is going to add value for other members. We all need to promote our activities, and there are opportunities to do so in the hub, but be sure to balance self-promotion with generous support for others.

7. MODERATION OF ONLINE CONTENT

We rely on the members of the network to add almost all of its online content. We recognise the huge contribution this makes to the success of the network and we seek to allow members as much freedom as we can in the content they add.

To ensure that the network maitains its integrity, all posts and memberships are regularly monitored. We reserve the right to remove or edit any posts we deem to be in breach of these Community Guidelines. We reserve the right to delete a member’s account if that member is found to have engaged with us and/or other members in a negative way.

Please contact us if you see content that you believe should be removed or edited.

8. CHANGES TO THESE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

The most up-to-date version of these Community Guidelines can always be found on this page.

It may be updated in the future to take into account changes at East Meets West and the services we provide, or to reflect changes to regulation or legislation. Whenever we update the policy, we will also update the “effective date” at the top. We will also inform you of any changes via a prominent notice on eastmeetswest.org.uk prior to the change becoming effective.