Beth Orton and Arts Council England’s Director of Music Claire Mera-Nelson are among the first wave of contributors announced for Change the Record – a national event calling for positive action around gender equality in the music industry.
Taking place next month in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition in the North, Change the Record will bring together leading music industry figures and innovators for a series of provocations, conversations and practical how-to sessions, all designed to galvanise and inspire people to take practical steps towards affecting permanent change around the perception, opportunities and profiling of women in music.
With a ‘crowd-sourced’ agenda shaped by over 90 voices from across the music sector, topics will include:
- How we encourage more female leaders and managers
- Tackling tokenism and imposter syndrome
- Being a parent in the music industry
- Making the case for a more diverse music industry
- Addressing gender issues in the talent pipeline
First wave of contributors (full programme announced soon):
- Beth Orton, Artist and Both Sides Now ambassador
- Nabihah Iqbal, Artist
- Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music, Arts Council England
- Remi Harris, Consultant
- Carol Reid, Youth Music
- Ged Robinson, Generator
Change the Record is a two-way conversation – we need people of all genders, ages, backgrounds and experience to contribute. Whether you’re an artist, music organisation, educator, journalist, label, publisher, young person, promoter – or simply interested in the conversation.
Your most pressing issues from the day will be taken to an online poll, to coincide with the centenary of the 1918 general election (the first in which some women were able to vote). The results will inform a brand new crowd-sourced ‘manifesto’ for gender equality in music which we’ll take to policy makers, key industry influencers and into the political sphere.