Transforming Leadership funding success

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Transforming Leadership funding success

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £450,000 by Arts Council England for a brand new programme to develop the female leaders of the future – and close the gender gap for future generations working in the music industry.

Through Change the Record – a two-year initiative launching in January 2020 – we will connect 50 women to the commercial music industry through the development of a female-led record label, business start-up training and work placements with major industry partners across the commercial and independent scenes.

This builds on the success and impact of our Both Sides Now programme, and follows last year’s gender pay gap statistics which highlighted that women working in the music industry earn almost 34% less than their male counterparts (the national average is 18%).

As well as supporting the personal development of 50 future female leaders, the programme will tackle some of the misconceptions and barriers for women at an organisational and societal level, including motherhood and the geographical divide between London and the North, through a public campaign for change.

Change the Record 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.

Developed in consultation with a range of fantastic partners from across the music and creative industries and informed by our Head of Programmes Kate Lowes’ PhD research, the programme includes:

  • Paid work placements with major industry partners 
  • Leadership courses and management training
  • Business start-up training for innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Masterclasses led by leading industry executives
  • The development of a female-led record label
  • Digital resources for online learning

Our Director Debra King said:

“We are delighted to be receiving investment through the Arts Council’s Transforming Leadership fund. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a major contribution to a growing movement for change in the music industry.”

Kate Lowes, Head of Programmes, continues:

“Conventional definitions of power and leadership have historically excluded women. It is time to rethink these concepts, position women inside the structures of power, and work towards a more equal and gender balanced music industry, and society, for current and future generations.”

Jane Tarr, Director, North, Arts Council England said: 

“Congratulations to Brighter Sound on their Transforming Leadership funding for Change the Record. The North has such a strong history of producing world class musicians, producers and music venues. The Change the Record programme will enable this already successful sector to flourish even further by giving the next generation of women working in the music industry across the North the chance to develop their skills and become leaders in the sector, where women leaders are currently under-represented. I look forward to seeing the impact of the project on not only the local but national and international music scene.”

We will be releasing full details about the programme in the coming months, so watch this space!

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