The World is Listening, IWD panel discussion podcast.

Here’s the page where you can find the chat held on International Women’s Day in Rise Records.. enjoy! (i’ll be cringing)

here’s some info from the site:

Turns out the world IS listening! To a panel this week in Bristol… – The World is Listening//

Last Sunday was International Women’s Day, and events were happening all over the world to celebrate! We celebrated in our own way, launching The World is Listening project in Bristol with a panel discussion titled “Where are all the women?” It was quite a broad subject to begin with, and impossible to devour in just one hour, but our aim with it was to get the conversation rolling and inspire ourselves to do more. We handed out some feedback forms and I’d like to share the results with you. We are going to pay very close attention to these results and are already planning workshops and talks for later in the year based on what YOU want! Perhaps this resonates with you and you want to find out more about how to host a talk in your town? Give us a shout hello@theworldislistening.co.uk
Or perhaps you have more to say on the subject?

 

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International Women’s Day 2015

This year I was invited to speak on a Panel on IWD.

The Panel was presented in Rise Records as part of a launch for ‘The World Is Listening’ a hub of creatives approaching the gender gap in the music industry with caution. The discussion was hosted by Nuala Honan (founder of TWIL), and I was joined by Dr. Emma Hooper and Rita Lynch. We discussed issues around the gender gap in the industry and attempted to work with the question ‘Where Are All The Women?’.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first public speak on the matter, the crowd were interested and insightful, and I hope to continue to be involved in this conversation.  Here are some interesting articles and things I’ve read recently, as well as links to TWIL which you should link up to, and be part of an important conversation for men and women everywhere.

panel discussion 1

panel 2

The World Is Listening

The Fader : Why Aren’t More Women Becoming Music Producers

The Guardian : Why Male Domination in Classical Music Might be coming to an end.

The Guardian: Reading and Leeds Festival: Why are so few Women on the Bill?

Huffington Post: ..it’s about Beats not Gender.

Huffington Post: Breaking the Myth..

Telegraph: Why I had to dress as a man to get ahead, DJ Tatiana Alvarez

BBC: Beth Orton on Women in Music.

 reading and leeds 2015

This poster caused a stir, and then this was released..

reading and leeds ladies

a poster which omitted all the bands with men only, leaving the ladies that were involved in the festival.

Then! someone was brave enough to make an alternative festival with women and it looked like this

female reading and leeds

I recon its better. but what do i know.. i’m a girl.

Phoebe Summers, (alternative poster) on Reading and Leeds.

Telegraph on the poster and lack of women.

Artistic Director Series with Beth Orton announced.

I will be joining 12 other female musicians from across the UK next week for the Artistic Director Series, this year being led by Beth Orton.  I am thrilled to announce i’ll be joining women in hope to raise the profile of women in music, which Brighter Sound decided to highlight as previous years applications showed a vast under representation of women.

Read more in the press release below.

Beth Orton Residency

Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series #4 – Beth Orton – Brighter Sound// // //

In February, singer-songwriter Beth Orton will be collaborating on new material with 13 specially selected up-and-coming female musicians during a week-long residency at Manchester’s Band on the Wall. On 20th February Beth and the residency participants will perform the fruits of the week’s endeavours, live at a special finale event.

Beth Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, and Terry Callier among others. Her masterful songwriting and emotionally evocative vocal style – infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes – has continuously evolved, yet always retained an intriguing mix of fragility and transcendence which never fails to move and inspire fans around the world. Her most recent album is 2012’s Sugaring Season, which Vogue called “A beautiful timely album, full of melancholy.”

Beth’s wealth of experience in the music industry, the eclectic mix of genres she works in, and her experimental approach to creating music all add to what will be a brilliant week and a truly unique performance.

The Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series gives emerging musicians a unique opportunity to experiment, collaborate and perform, encouraging new ways of working, thinking and approaching creativity. This way of connecting and supporting musicians was something that appealed immediately to Beth:

“I am thrilled to be asked to support and take part in this exciting and important project. Getting the chance to mentor — or simply the opportunity to stand as witness to — the diverse, and possibly unheard, talents of artists from all across the UK fills me with curiosity and some apprehension!  If I’m lucky I will get to share some of what has been passed along to me over the years.”

IWD

I was excited to play another IWD event this year, on Wednesday I played a gig in London with a largely female line up. One of my first gigs years ago was an IWD event, which actually was the first i’d heard of, or really noticed what IWD was about.  It’s now become important for me to think about what it means to me, and raise awareness to support the cause.


“International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies…

Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy… The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics…

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more…”

Taken from IWD’s official website.

Railway Lines [Official Video]

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2014, I am pleased to release my first official music video. The single Railway Lines will be available on Friday 14th March.(self release, free download).

Video: Jason Baker website

You can read more about international womens day here.