Launch of Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C. takes place on Friday 14 September (book by Friday 7 September)

INVITE: Launch of Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C.

Friday 14 September

DINA, 32a-34 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP


Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the sound technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality.

Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages, progresses and respects the inclusion of women into the workforce at all levels from the studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.

YSWN enable the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities. To date, we have delivered over 80 workshops, inspired new regional groups across Yorkshire and beyond, and are planning industry and education activities aligned to our new Business Plan.

Please join us for the official launch of YSWN as a Community Interest Company as we celebrate our work to date and reveal our new website and advocacy tools. Find out how you can contribute to redressing the gender balance in sound technology in Yorkshire and hear performances from inspirational musicians!

6pm: Drinks & Launch presentation

7.30pm: Gig – featuring performances by Supriya Nagarajan, Cyanching Wu and DJ Abigail Ward, plus an Open Studio with SONA.

We'd be delighted if you could join us. RSVP to [email protected] by Friday 7 September, and please let us know if you're able to stay for the gig in the evening. 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

With best wishes

Heidi Johnson

Development Manager

Yorkshire Sound Women Network

3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Firth Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD

Tel: 01484 473995

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]


Community Interest Company Ltd by Guarantee, registered in England & Wales. Company No: 11360765

All-women composers CD release on NMC label

Marsyas Trio have contacted WiM to let us know about an exciting CD release on a top British label, NMC Recordings. The disc features the work of five living British women composers, including Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave, who live in the US, alongside Judith Weir and two young rising stars.

The disc also includes a bonus track of Amy Beach’s Pastorale and Caprice Op.90. The audio is paired with a short art film/music video highlighting Amy Beach’s life and accomplishments.

The film will have its first screening at the Bloomsbury Festival in London on October 17th. The Festival theme is ‘Activists and Architects of Change’, highlight the work of prominent female figures across music, literature and other visual and performing arts. The film will thereafter have an international presence via Youtube and other online media formats.

They are partnering with a few sponsors and charities, whose work and mission statements are aligned with their aims for this project. For donations of $75USD and above, they will display logos and mission statements on the opening and/or closing credits of the film.

If anyone is interested in having their logo included on this film, they should contact [email protected] 

Remembering Patricia Adkins Chiti

Women in Music were very sorry to hear of the passing of Patricia Adkins Chiti, founder and director of Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM), in June. She was a tireless campaigner for Women in Music internationally. She will be greatly missed. Some WiM members were longstanding friends of PAC, others only met her on occasions. She always made a great impression with her focus and determination and, behind her formidable presence, warmth.

I met Patricia only once, in London in 2013 when she came to promote WIMUST, a Europe wide project campaigning for equal treatment for women creators and composers of music. We talked about my own story of struggle to establish myself as a female composer and she was both sympathetic and supportive with practical advice. It was in my meeting with her that I realised that my career difficulties had not been simply due to what I thought were my own inadequacies, but were very likely related to my gender, and I also discovered that day that there were many other women who had been through similar difficulties. A life changing moment for me.

Her friend and colleague Silvia Costa (MEP and Chair of the Committee on Culture, Education and Sport at the European Parliament) has written a powerful tribute, Patricia Adkins Chiti: A life for women in music, which is reproduced in Musicwoman. You can read it here

Here also is the Wikipedia link for PAC (as she was affectionately known)

Lucy Hollingworth for WiM