Dede Goldsmith


OccupationFounder, Amend the Rave Act / President, Protect Our Youth



If you thought that teenagers and young adults are only interested in the EDM scene, you were wrong. Dede Goldsmith lives in Abingdon with her husband Rob. This amazing 56-year-old woman has decided that her life and career will revolve around the dance scene after one unfortunate event.
Dede’s daughter, Shelley Goldsmith, died in 2013 while attending an EDM concert in Washington D.C. Shelley was a 20-year-old honors student at UVA. She died of hyperthermia that led to a cardiac arrest after taking MDMA and attending an EDM concert. On the one-year anniversary of Shelley’s death, Dede launched Amend the RAVE Act and simultaneously became a drug-awareness and harm-reduction advocate.
Goldsmith believes if certain safety measures existed back in 2013 at EDM concerts, her daughter might have been alive today. Dede and her campaign seek to “clarify a federal law that presently discourages EDM venue owners and promoters from offering the safest possible settings for their patrons.”