The tour managers for London Grammar and Frank Turner will be among the women sharing their experience of working in the male dominated live music industry at next week’s Women in Music Event hosted by DHP Family. The full line-up of speakers has now been confirmed with the first panel focusing on working in the live music sector and the second panel chaired by BBC East Midlands Geeta Pendse hearing from women who have advocated for change. The event on Wednesday 7 March at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham will be introduced by Kate Nicholls, chief executive of ALMR, the trade body representing pubs, bars, night clubs and restaurant.
Panel 1: Women in Live Music
The live side of the music industry is well-known for being particularly male-dominated. Women on the road and running venues are far outnumbered by their male counterparts. Hear from women who have navigated their way to the top of their fields.
Panellists: Carlina Gugliotti (Tour Manager – London Grammar and previously Adele)
Dom Frazer (Founder & Director – The Boileroom)
Helen McGee (Divisional Manager, Operations – Academy Music Group)
Tre Stead (Tour Manager – Frank Turner)
Zoya Rossi (Production Manager – The Borderline)
Chaired by Kate Nicholls (ALMR)
Interview: Verity Cowley (BBC Nottingham) in conversation with Nina Smith (singer-songwriter), currently BBC Introducing Artist of the Week receiving airplay across 40 BBC radio stations and releasing her first single this week.
Panel 2: Advocates for Change
What do we want the industry to look like and what can be done to implement change? Our panellists have forged successful careers whilst using their platforms to speak out on important issues.
Panellists: Anwyn Williams (Marketing Manager – DHP)
Chanelle Newman (Manager of Akala and Co-Founder/MD – The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company)
Michelle Kambasha (Head of Press – Secretly Group)
Chaired by Geeta Pendse (BBC East Midlands Today)
The inaugural event will address the gender imbalance in the music industry with the aim of creating an environment for discussion and a platform for positive change.
The Women in Music event is open to people of all genders and at all levels of their careers. The evening will feature a keynote interview and panels discussing what challenges women currently face; what businesses can do to improve diversity and look at what is being done currently to drive change. There will be networking drinks post-event for attendees to meet each other and continue discussions.
Tre Stead, tour manager for Frank Turner, said: “I’m grateful to be asked to participate in this event as I feel that it is important for young women entering the industry to know that they are not alone, and to see there are others like them that they can glean important information from. Our experience can be of benefit to everyone. If even one woman walks out of this event armed with a positive attitude and an arsenal of useful tips and contacts, then it’s a job well done.”
Michele Philips, DHP Family, said: “Our ambition is to shine a spotlight on the issues including but not exclusive to why women don’t apply for positions in venues anymore and also provide a platform for positive change. We want to identify tangible things that can be done to address the shocking levels of gender imbalance that still exist throughout the industry.
“The #MeToo movement has been incredibly powerful in that it’s given a voice to the marginalised but also put the issue of inequality at the forefront of many discussions. It feels like the right time for us to be trying to bring about change in our industry, especially with it being 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. We should all be looking at ways in which we can make a difference.”
George Akins, DHP Family, added: “It’s really important to try and encourage more women to break into our industry. Nottingham is a hot bed for music companies; we have promoters, record companies, ticket agents and talent managers working across all genres of music on a national level. I really believe if we can address the imbalance in Nottingham it will have a strong effect across the country. Hopefully this event will show that there are roles and support for more women to get involved.”
Tickets are £5 or £3 for students or those on benefits / low income, with all proceeds being donated to Equation, a Nottinghamshire charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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