PRS Key Change - 60 participants and 45 venues agreeing to 50 50 programming!

Key Change is a major initiative by PRS Foundation which looks to make major changes in how Festivals and venues programme with an assurance from 45 YES! 45! Festivals and venues to programme 50/50 male and female artists in the next 4 years - by 2022.

Congratulations from Women in Music  - something we have been advocating for a long time!

"Keychange is an exciting new European project which celebrates and invests in the talent of female music creators and innovators who will be driving the future success of the music industry.

Through keychange showcases and collaborations, a programme of creative labs and a digital platform will give a new network of 60 women the chance to extend their reach to audiences across Europe and connect with the pioneering work of leaders from tech, design, music, audiovisual and other sectors which are shaping creative industries development. Our mission is to accelerate the industry’s recognition of women’s potential artistic and economic value so that we can transform the music industry for current and future generations.

30 emerging female artists & 30 innovators/industry professionals (10 participants per country) will be selected to take part in Keychange and travel to leading music festivals across Europe and in Canada."

See the website for more information about participants and partners: Key Change

Our favourite blogger (and author and critic and more ) Jessica Duchen featured this in a recent JDMB post. Jessica always champions women in music. 

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Celebrating Women in Sound at Goldsmiths on International Women's Day March 8th

Celebrating women in sound is a remarkable event at Goldsmiths - University on International Women's Day itself March 8th. Follow the link to find out more : Goldsmiths events

A highlight is an opportunity to have a guided tour of the WRPM archive!

To celebrate International Women’s Day, as part of "Celebrating Women in Sound", Special Collections provide tours of the "Women’s Revolutions Per Minute (WRPM)" archive.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, in the centenary year of UK women aged 30 and over in the UK gaining the vote, the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmiths, University of London and Women in Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) and are launching Celebrating Women in Sound, a day of sound-related activities featuring the work of female-identifying artists at Goldsmiths. The purpose of International Women’s Day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; perhaps more importantly, the day is a call to action to change the shape of society and to push for gender parity in all areas.

Activity #3: Between 1.30-2.30pm and again between 3.30-4.30pm: Tours of the WRPM (Women's Revolutions Per Minute) Archive.
Women’s Revolutions Per Minute (WRPM) was an independent, feminist music distribution network active 1977-2005. It distributed music by women, for women, and about women, typically from artists with a feminist or lesbian feminist standpoint. It distributed music by women, for women, and about women, typically from artists with a feminist or lesbian feminist standpoint. 

There are over 1500 music items and a great many related items. There will be discussions and sonic experiences as well.

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Arab Women Artists Now March 2018 London

Arab Women Artists Now is a wonderful Festival in  London which showcases and highlights Arab Women in the arts across all disciplines. Music is a major part of the season with some premieres and some favourites. Have a look at the programme and see what interests you. Yuma is especially recommended. 

Ÿuma perform their original mashups of oriental and western songs.

Appearing on the music scene on December 20, 2015, Ÿuma became known on the web for their original mashups of oriental and western songs. They create bridges between the cultures of both shores of the Mediterranean, and their unique brand of indie folk places them at the forefront of Tunisian alternative music today. ....

Awan is produced by Arts Canteen

Fw: Reminder - Women's History Month

A Message from Women's History Month

Women’s History Month in East London                  Co-ordinated by Alternative Arts.
Celebrating women artists, activists, writers and performers with a diverse programme of exhibitions and events across East London.
If you are planning a relevant exhibition/performance/event/workshop during March 2018 please let us know so that we may include your activities in the Women’s History Month programme which will be widely promoted. Participation is FREE.
Deadline for submission 8 January 2018. Earlier submission appreciated.
Please send the following details and an image to [email protected]
·         Venue and address with full postcode
·         Nearest tube/stn
·         Website & phone number
·         Date(s) and time(s) of Event/Exhibition
·         Admission charges (if any)
·         Title of Event/Exhibition
·         Names of Artists/Performers/Writers involved (if any)
·         Brief description
·         Contact name and email (not for publication)
·         One image
In 2018 we shall be celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which gave the vote to some women for the first time #Vote100 and the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave the vote to all women over the age of 21 #Vote90
In East London the East London Federation of Suffragettes led by Sylvia Pankhurst was based in Bow with branches all over the East End. They grounded their campaign in the everyday reality of working women’s lives and saw the vote as just one aspect of the struggle for equality. They fought for a living wage, decent housing, equal pay, food price controls, adequate pensions and numerous other causes. When the First World War broke out in August 1914 the ELFS led community action to support those most affected by unemployment and spiralling food prices. They organised a children’s health clinic, a nursery school, a co-operative toy factory, and a series of canteens serving nutritious food at ‘cost price’. This remarkable organisation existed for 10 years from 1914 to 1924.
Maggie Pinhorn
Director Alternative Arts
Amy Dyke-Coomes
Project Manager


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