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Barriers to Women in Music with Vick Bain

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The fourth and final event in a series of inspirational talks uncovering the stories behind how people in the music industry have overcome their biggest challenges, and what can be done to recover, respond and rebuild after a crisis.

During this online in-conversation, Vick Bain will discuss the challenges of sustaining a music business career and the additional barriers faced by women.

Who it’s for

As part of our work to address both the gender gap and the regional divide within the music industry, this session is aimed at:

  • Early and mid-career music industry professionals – this can range from independent self-leaders to employees of small, medium and large companies
  • Women and gender minorities
  • People based in or from the North of England

Session overview

Former CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), Vick Bain has 25 years experience in the Music Industry. Her interest in equality, diversity and inclusion led to her 2019 publication Counting the Music Industry into the gender gap amongst musicians and curator of the F-list directory of female musicians. She is also the Chair of Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PIPA).

Vick, originally from the North East of England, was enjoying a thriving career in live music marketing when she became a single parent to premature twins and had to abandon that work and reinvent herself, starting her own business and later completing her MBA and eventually becoming CEO of BASCA. She describes the huge amount of confidence that she gained from getting through this challenge, and the perspective that it gave her and still gives her as a leader and a researcher. 

In conversation with Remi Harris, Vick will discuss:

  • The personal challenges she faced in developing her own career in music
  • The 12 structural barriers specifically faced by women in music and the impact of these barriers on the numbers of women in music
  • Re-establishing your career after a setback and how to manage this

The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Practical info

We’ll be using online video software Zoom, so please ensure you have downloaded the app on a desktop or mobile ahead of the session. We will email you a link to the meeting room closer to the date.

We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. Please let us know if there is any additional assistance we can provide to help you access this session.

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing info@brightersound.com

About the speakers

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Brighter Sound’s Leadership Programme is one of 18 projects nationally to receive investment through the Arts Council’s Transforming Leadership fund, a £7.1million investment into leadership development to ensure that cultural leaders are appropriately skilled and diverse.