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International Women’s Day: Women in Music Event

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We’re delighted to take part in the Musicians’ Union’s Women in Music Event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The full day event will feature thought-provoking and fascinating presentations from some of the industry’s influential women in music and a wider discussion about working in the music industry.  The evening will feature live music from DJ Andrea Trout, with canapés, drinks and an opportunity to network.

On Tuesday 8 March people around the world will be celebrating the achievements of women while calling for greater equality in the name of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #Pledgeforparity. To honour this day and to celebrate female success in the music industry whilst still recognising the long journey we are still on for gender equality, the Musicians’ Union will once again celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting “Women in Music 2016” in Manchester.

In the afternoon, Brighter Sound’s Kate Lowes and Debra King will present an overview of the positive action we’re taking in response to low levels of female participation in our projects.  Debra will talk briefly about her previous role as Director of Women in Music and Kate will give a short overview of her Doctoral research looking at the historical barriers, inequalities and stereotypes that have impacted on women making music in the past but that still have resonance today. We’ll also hear from speakers from PRSF, PPL, CC Skills and White Ribbon Campaign (Music Project).

Sara Lowes (musician and Brighter Sound Project Manager) and Jote Oshan (violinist and Brighter Sound Trainee Practitioner) will participate in an early evening panel discussion alongside guitarist Natalie McCool, DJ Rita Ray, singer and tutor Rebecca Pickles and singer-songwriter and presenter Claire Mooney. They will be discussing how they manage the challenges, attitudes, barriers and positive discrimination they face in their career. The session will be chaired by Live Performance Official Kelly Wood and will feature the following panelists:

Rita Ray: Global club DJ, BBC radio contributor, former member of Darts and Andy Sheppard’s radical Jazz quartet.

Sara Lowes: Composer, multi-instrumentalist, touring and session musician. Has worked with The Earlies, Jim Noir, Tindersticks and Marina and the Diamonds.

Jote Osahn: Violinist, singer, composer and arranger. A member of I Am Your Autopilot and has worked with Nick Cave, Joan Armatrading, Elbow, Beth Orton and Duran Duran.

Natalie McCool: Singer-songwriter with numerous plays from Huw Stephens on R1 and a feature on the BBC Introducing Playlist where she was described as being ‘One of the finest emerging songwriters around’.

Rebecca Pickles: Formally one-third of girl group The Pipettes who notched up two Top 40 UK hits, a Billboard Top 5 and a Top 10 in Japan. Currently a tutor at BIMM and a touring backing vocalist with Jesca Hoop.

Claire Mooney: Singer-songwriter, presenter on ALLFM and a regular contributor on BBC radio where she writes and performs original topical songs about the news for Radio Manchester‘s Saturday Breakfast Show.


Event’s Schedule

12:00: Registration and Lunch

13:00 – 16:30: Women in the Industry Presentations

We will hear from speakers from PRSF, PPL, Brighter Sound, CC Skills and White Ribbon Campaign (Music Project)

16:30 -17:30: Break

17:00 – 17:30: Registration for Panel Discussion

17:30 – 18:45: Panel Discussion – Managing a Portfolio Career and Expectations

18:45 – 20:00: Networking, Drinks, Canapés and Music

Please note that the two sessions will be available separately, so you will need to register for both if you would like to attend the whole day.







Here Come the Grrrls is a programme designed to celebrate, profile and inspire female musicians. It is supported by Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation. More information here.