Travis Scott is forming a first-of-its-kind committee to address what went wrong at November’s Astroworld Festival and enact new public event safety measures to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
According to TMZ, the Houston native has spent the past few weeks meeting with members of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), which represents the interests of over 1,400 cities across the U.S.
With help from the USCM, Scott is forming a committee made up of leaders across government, public safety, emergency response, healthcare, event management, music and technology sectors that will publish a safety report which future festivals and events can follow. An outline of the committee’s goals says it will “aggressively focus on new technologies and innovations that offer ways to address these challenges,” TMZ writes.
The group will be led by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, who also serves as Chair of the USCM’s Tourism, Art, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee.
In his first interview since the Astroworld tragedy, Scott said he feels he has a “responsibility to figure out what happened” at the festival.
“I have a responsibility to figure out a solution and hopefully this is a first step [for] us as artists [to have] that insight of what’s going on. And the professionals to kind of surround and figure out more intel—whether it’s tech, whether it’s more of a response, whatever the problem is, to figure out that,” he explained to Charlamagne Tha God.
“It’s so hard because I feel very connected to my fans,” he said of the experience. “I went through something, and the fans went through something, and people’s parents went through something and it really hurts. It hurts the community. It hurts the city.”