A new book examining what it is like to work in the classical music industry today, looking into inequality with regard to gender, race and class. A must have book for every music library. It is rather expensive but there is an ebook option.
A very measured post on the importance of trust and being seen to do the right thing in a difficult situation. And why the culture which tolerates sexual misconduct needs to change.
60 FEMALE ARTISTS AND INNOVATORS ANNOUNCED FOR PRS FOUNDATION’S ‘KEYCHANGE’
Ten successful participants selected from six European countries to join the new international initiative empowering women to transform the music industry.Keychange, a collaborative European programme led by PRS Foundation which aims to empower women to transform the music industry, is proud to announce 60 female artists and innovators for a groundbreaking programme spanning two years. Announced today at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, the successful participants will take part in a series of showcases, discussions, collaborations and a programme of creative labs at seven international festivals. Backed by an innovation fund to help test new projects and ideas, Keychange will culminate with a final event in Brussels at the European Parliament in 2019, at which Keychange partners will present a manifesto for change.
Go to the weblink below for all the information about this exciting and focused programme aiming to change women's position and perceived value in the music industry with some absolutely brilliant cross national collaborations envisaged
Not just one update today but two ..... This is a generous offer from ISM who so brilliantly support musicians and composers with practical, networking and one to one expertise and help - follow the link below for full details.
To benefit from this outstanding offer please email [email protected] and I will send you the magic CODE! Obviously this is primarily for WiM members - however those of you reading this blog - or on out twitter feed @WomeninMusicUK are close in so ..... HURRY
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This looks interesting and an excellent initiative which more companies could be inspired to follow and empower girls and young women in areas where there are not good resources, much less an awareness of specifically supporting girls.
Four of the five winners of the 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition for young composers are female. A big congratulations to all the winners. Women in Music is very pleased to see such a talented new generation of young women coming up. It is very good, too, to see a gender balanced judging panel. It really does make a difference.
BBC Proms Inspire Day is the 14th August. Watch or listen in if you can.
One of Women in Music founder members, award winning composer and much more Shirley J Thompson was DJ Ritu's guest in the Heritage series on Resonance FM recently so Women in Music decided to share the link https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/heritage-at-a-world-in-london-18th-july-2017/
DJ Ritu presents a special show with Shirley J. Thompson - prodigious composer, conductor, artistic director, educator and cultural activist. Here 'Heroines of Opera' features at Tete A Tete on 27 July 2017, while 'All the World is Better Meets The Woman Who Refused to Dance' is part of the Venice Biennale - Diaspora Pavilion from 13 May to 26 November 2017; and she is a featured artiste at the Black Sound Exhibition, Black Cultural Archives, 7 April to 4 November 2017. Visit www.twitter.com/socltweet for more information
Resonance 104.4fm & DAB in London www.resonancefm.com
Alison Blunt is a composer, performer, writer, arranger, educator and long standing member and supporter of Women in Music. News of her wonderful work can be found here:
Kyla Greenbaum was a founder member of WiM. She died on 15th June aged 95.
Wim member Jennifer Fowler says
Those of us from the early years will remember her well.
She used to host committee meetings sometimes, where we were all showered with generous quantities of food and drink. She was a formidable woman who was also kind and generous. I am very glad to have known her.
She was a very well-known pianist in her day - promoting difficult and virtuosic contemporary music during the war and after, often as a soloist at The Proms. Also, at the Myra Hess National Gallery concerts in the war. The obituary says her grand piano still had scratches where the ceiling collapsed on it as she was hiding underneath during a German bombing raid.