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.
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.
This poster caused a stir, and then this was released..
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
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.
I wrote some words about my experience in Manchester, and it was published on the wonderful Blog, The World Is Listening.
Brighter Sounds are a cultural producer of creative music projects and events in Manchester who recently hosted a week-long residency for emerging female musicians. They put a call out to invite women to apply for positions in what was their fourth ‘Wall of Sounds Artistic Director Series’, this time lead by Beth Orton, after recognizing one in four applicants to their previous music residencies were women.
A good friend of mine saw the workshop advertised and thought I might be interested, once I read the press release I immediately felt compelled to apply. I feel strongly about women’s representation within music, and wondered if, being primarily a producer that works largely in soundscape ambient music, I would be appealing to the judges of the applications, to help achieve a mix of influences and musical backgrounds.
I found out I’d won a place about two weeks before the event, and wasn’t really sure what to expect to be honest! In that sense, nothing (and I suppose everything) could go wrong.
READ THE FULL WRITE UP HERE.
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.
Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series #4 – Beth Orton – Brighter Sound// // //