Code of Conduct
(Internal Use Only)
Our Code of Conduct Policy outlines our expectations regarding our teams’ behavior towards label staff members, their colleagues, management, and other members of the music industry overall.
As an indie label, we obviously promote freedom of expression and open communication, but we expect everyone on the Be happy team to follow our code of conduct. They should avoid offending, participating in serious disputes and disrupting our team & when actively engaging other people in the industry as well. We also expect them to foster a well-organized, respectful and collaborative environment.
This policy applies to all of our team, regardless of payment, contractual agreements or rank. This does NOT pertain to artists, this is for internal use for Be happy only.
Compliance with law
All of our team must protect our label’s legality. They should comply with all environmental, safety and fair dealing laws. We expect the team to be ethical and responsible when dealing with our label’s finances, products, partnerships and public image.
Respect in the workplace
All team members should respect their colleagues. We won’t allow any kind of discriminatory behavior, harassment or victimization. Staff members should conform with our equal opportunity policy in all aspects of their work, from recruitment and performance evaluation of artists to interpersonal relations between each other.
Protection of Company Property
Be happy team members:
- Shouldn’t misuse company resources or use it frivolously.
- Should respect all kinds of incorporeal property. This includes trademarks, copyright and other property (information, reports etc.) Team members should use them only to complete their job duties.
- Understand that artist confidentiality is apart of everyone's job description, and this mean you can not discuss artists in a negative light, or otherwise reveal information they did not give explicit permission for you to share about them with the general public.
All staff members must show integrity and professionalism at all times:
- Job duties and authority
Every member of the team should fulfill their job duties with integrity and respect toward artists, managers and the team, as well anyone else they may encounter while representing Be happy at a professional capacity. Supervisors and managers mustn’t abuse their authority. We expect them to delegate duties to their team members taking into account their competences, available schedule, and current workload. Likewise, we expect team members to follow team leaders’ instructions and complete their duties with skill and in a timely manner. We believe in all of you.
We encourage mentoring throughout our company.
- Conflict of interest
We expect the whole team to avoid any personal, financial or other interests that might hinder their capability or willingness to perform at their best for the releases & artists we represent.
If a conflict of interest does arise, please discuss it with a team leader, or management so we can assure that you benefit to the full extent without crossing any ethical boundaries.
We want every member of Be happy to succeed & ultimately reach their full potential, but not at the expense of the label, it's artists, or our integrity.
Team members should be friendly and collaborative. They should try not to disrupt the workflow of others or present obstacles to their colleagues’ work.
All members of the team must be open for communication with their colleagues, management or team members. If your schedule conflicts with your label duties on a regular basis you'll be asked to silently resign & return when you can become fully capable to perform the necessary tasks to maintain that title & position within the label. We welcome everyone to be apart of the team (at the capacity they choose), but if you can't fulfill the requirements of your position then you should consider that you can always return as soon as you feel you're able to do so in the near or distant future.
We trust our team members not abuse each others resources & benefits. This can refer to time off, budgets, monetary incentives, networking resources, facilities, "favors" or other benefits our label that may be offered.
Our company may have to take disciplinary action against anyone on the team who repeatedly or intentionally fail to follow our code of conduct. Disciplinary actions will vary depending on the violation.
Possible consequences include:
- Suspension or termination for more serious offenses.
- Detraction of benefits for a definite or indefinite time.
We may take legal action in cases of corruption, theft, embezzlement or other unlawful behavior.
But we'd really like to avoid that so... Don't do bad stuff. :)
(Social Media Awareness)
The Internet has created the ability for musicians, artists, and music industry professionals to communicate and share information quickly and to also reach millions of people easily. Participating in social networking and other similar internet opportunities can support an individuals personal expression, enable individuals to curate a professional brand & presence online, as well as many other things we could list endlessly. But social networks, blogs, and other forms of communication online also create new challenges to the Artist - Label relationship.
Team leaders, management & staff have an ethical responsibility to weigh a number of considerations when maintaining an online presence.
(a) They should be cognizant of the standard we expect when referring to artist privacy and confidentiality that must be maintained in all environments, including online & in person. They must also refrain from posting specific identifiable artist information online without prior permission from the artist and/or label to do so.
(b) When using the Internet for social networking, Be happy staff members should use privacy settings to safeguard personal information and content to the necessary extent possible but should realize that privacy settings are not absolute and that once on the Internet, content is likely there permanently. Thus, Staff members should routinely monitor their own internet presence to ensure that the personal and professional information on their own pages and, to the extent possible, content posted about them by others, is accurate, appropriate, and professional from an objective point of view.
(c) If staff members do interact with artists online, they must maintain appropriate boundaries of the artist-label relationship in accordance with professional ethics guidance, just as they would in any other context. Do not pressure the artists, seek to take advantage of, or in anyway attempt to manipulate information or individuals for any reason.
(d) To maintain appropriate professional boundaries, they should consider separating personal and professional content online. We encourage staff members to start fresh social media pages if your past behavior would ever disqualify you from any professional job, setting, or opportunity in the near future or in the past.
(e) Be warned: Nothing negative should ever be said/posted online about any artists/brand/company within the industry by an individual who is currently a staff member on our team. We do not endorse negativity as a means of self-promotion, online fun, or "trolling" of any kind.
(f) Should someone report the matter to us, and we deem it more serious, Be happy immediately severs all ties and connections to that staff member until the matter is settled. This is for the label's protection as we have no interest in bad press, or working with people who've earned a negative reputation over time within the industry. They must recognize that actions online and content posted may negatively affect their reputations among artists and colleagues, may have consequences for their musical careers (particularly for new producers, DJ's and interns), and can undermine public trust in the entire label as well as our profession as an industry.
(g) "Don't be evil" -Self explanatory. Just..... Be happy.