I've worked in the music industry for over 15 years now in various capacities, things are certainly changing for women in music but there is still much to be done. As many of you know I speak pretty often at our industry events and conferences but sadly I'm often the only woman on a panel, very often the only female keynote speaker and further to that quite often one of a small percentage of women in attendance at all at some events. This year I want to do my small part to help change that for women in the music industry.
Following the publication of this article from the wonderful Lara Baker at AIM and a conversation sparked between Scott Cohen (The Orchard) and myself, a few of us have got together and decided to do something about this issue in the hope of helping to achieve diversity at our industry events.
Instead of waiting around for things to change... let's be the change we want to see!
The idea in a nutshell is to collate a master list of women in our industry who are happy to speak at events, or have never spoken at events and want to start....we also plan to offer some coaching and mentorship as part of this initiative as well as promoting the amazing work, initiatives and events of existing women in music organisations.
We'll use the information you provide to allow conferences, internationally to find female speakers for their events. There is a form you will find below for events to reach out directly with requests. The end goal here is to achieve a 50/50 split of women and men speaking at our industry events that are currently predominately populated by white males.
And on that... wary that it's not just having ovaries that's the issue in achieving diversity we are also running in tandem an ethnic diversity master list collection for the same reasons.
If you want to be part of this movement we need some details from you. Yes, it's pretty in depth, but that's important if we want to achieve diversity across a few different issues here, so please take a moment to fill out the relevant form below and feel free to send this on to other people in the industry you think should take part. A number of our biggest industry organisations have offered to send it to all of their employees! A great start... thank you. More of this please!
We need responses from people in ALL sectors, all backgrounds and all professions including live, tech, venues, recorded, artists, publishing, legal, business, management, distributor, labels, graphic designees, developers, marketing, trade organisations ... - you name it, we want to hear from you! The bigger and more diverse these lists are the quicker we hope to address this issue.
By submitting the forms you agree to be part of this Let's Be The Change initiative and may have your contact details shared with appropriate events and organisations, you'll also receive an occasional newsletter from us with updates and stuff as we're keen to promote all the great work of existing women in music organisations but we won't sell or share your details outside of the intended scope and you won't be spammed.
I sincerely hope over time we wont need this list or initiative any more , when that time comes our job will be done. Until then we can all play our part in making this a reality. I hope you will support us in achieving this.
If you want to reach out directly please use the contact form below to get in touch or email me here, over the coming weeks we will start listing existing women in music groups on this site and in our communications, if you are one of them please get intouch with details - LET'S DO THIS!
Artist manager, Music Industry Advisor, Director Entertainment Intelligence