tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:/posts Women in Music UK Blog 2017-09-25T23:05:33Z WiM tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1193904 2017-09-25T23:04:53Z 2017-09-25T23:05:33Z 60 FEMALE ARTISTS AND INNOVATORS ANNOUNCED FOR PRS FOUNDATION’S ‘KEYCHANGE’ 60 FEMALE ARTISTS AND INNOVATORS ANNOUNCED FOR 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


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1181687 2017-08-08T12:56:40Z 2017-08-08T12:56:40Z Exclusive 15percent DISCOUNT on ISM membership for Women in Music members and supporters - HURRY

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 chair@womeninmusic.org.uk 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

"As a friend and partner of the ISM, we’d like to thank Women in Music for your support by offering your musicians an exclusive summer gift of 15% off ISM individual membership if they join as new members by 31 August.

With this offer your musicians would be eligible for full rate membership for £145.35 (usually £171) or graduate rate membership for just £63.75 (usually £75) for the first year - if they have graduated with their first music degree within the last ten years they can take advantage of our graduate discount. Students studying for their degree level qualification in music are eligible for student membership at just £15.

The benefits of membership include comprehensive insurances, expert legal advice and representation, award-winning professional development, free promotion and discounts on hundreds of products and services. You can find out more at ism.org. "

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1181685 2017-08-08T12:42:15Z 2017-08-08T12:42:15Z audient-gear-donation-helps-expand-women-s-audio-mission

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.

Take a look http://www.audiomediainternational.com/recording/audient-gear-donation-helps-expand-women-s-audio-mission/06736

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1178594 2017-07-30T14:45:33Z 2017-07-30T14:45:33Z 2017 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition winners

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.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1175999 2017-07-22T12:14:56Z 2017-07-22T12:16:35Z Shirley Thompson joins DJ Ritu on Resonance FM

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

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1174122 2017-07-16T19:25:58Z 2017-08-08T13:47:00Z Alison Blunt - Music for Dissenters

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:

MadMimi News from Alison Blunt


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1167478 2017-06-25T22:40:26Z 2017-06-25T22:44:52Z Remembering Kyla Greenbaum

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.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162934 2017-06-11T22:51:42Z 2017-06-11T22:51:43Z Roxanna Panufnik's New Opera

Roxanna Panufnik's new people's opera, Silver Birch, with a libretto by Jessica Duchen, is to be premiered by Garsington Opera in July.  More information here.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162923 2017-06-11T22:35:12Z 2017-06-11T22:35:12Z Candy Floss and Merry-Go-Rounds: Female Composers, Gendered Language, and Emotion by Sarah Kirkland Snider

Another powerful and important article from NewMusicBox


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1162922 2017-06-11T22:26:26Z 2017-08-26T14:03:04Z Women in Music BBC Proms Survey 2017

For some years Women in Music (UK) has been doing a survey of the numbers of women represented in the BBC PROMS season. The Proms is the largest classical music festival in the world.

You can read this year's survey results here.


NOTE: Anyone is welcome to quote these statistics, but please mention the source. The figures for past Proms seasons are also available on the Women in Music (UK) website: http://www.womeninmusic.org.uk/

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150509 2017-04-30T19:18:56Z 2017-04-30T19:18:56Z PRS Foundation Secures Funds from Creative Europe to Promote Women in Music

A great intiative by PRS Foundation supported the European Union


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150277 2017-04-29T10:00:05Z 2017-04-29T10:00:05Z Nicola LeFanu - Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3

I can highly recommend listening to this week's programmes if you missed them.  LeFanu is a wonderful composer and there are some amazing performances of her work in these programmes.  I especially enjoyed her String Quartet No 2 in Episode 5.  She is also a great champion of the work of women composers one of the founders of Women in Music.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1150058 2017-04-28T12:02:17Z 2017-04-28T12:02:17Z Composing and Motherhood - an article by Emily Doolittle in NewMusicBox

This is a thoughtful and important article about the challenges and benefits of being a composer and a mother by Glasgow based composer Emily Doolittle.  Emily says 'It's relevant for everyone, not just composers and/or mothers, so please read it even if you are neither of those!'.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1149790 2017-04-27T11:51:50Z 2017-04-27T11:51:50Z Fabric launch Equalizing Music campaign to double female headliners by 2020 with a series of electronic music women's workshops

And this today as well!  Fabric recently won its case to reopen and they are fulfilling their promise to make a different to London (and the UK's night life with this excellent initiative for women in their 'Equalising Music' initiative.




With women accounting for only 17% of headliners in electronic music festivals last year, the industry is in danger of under-representing female talent.

On International Women's Day, the Smirnoff Sound Collective launched their "Equalizing Music" campaign with a pledge to double female headliners by 2020. We proudly support Smirnoff in this ambition and are working together to increase representation of women across all elements of nightlife culture.

Join us at fabric for a series of events in May aimed at helping break down barriers for women in electronic music through practical advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1149780 2017-04-27T11:35:14Z 2017-04-30T19:15:12Z Naomi Pohl becomes the Musicians Union's first female Assistant General Secretary


Catching up after a while with some excellent news. Our congratulations as .... 
Naomi Pohl becomes the Musicians Union's first female Assistant General Secretary

Naomi Pohl has been appointed as MU Assistant General Secretary, Music Industry, and becomes the first female to join the Union’s team of senior officials in the Union’s history!

“There is also crucial work continuing in the field of music education, campaigning for equal provision across the UK and decent pay and conditions for instrumental teachers. Plus we continue to lobby for the Agent of Change principle to be introduced so that music venues aren't threatened by noise complaints from neighbouring properties that post-dated them. So plenty to be getting on with!

“I am especially pleased to be the first female AGS and I hope this is an indication of increasing diversity, not only within the MU, but across the music industry. It takes time, but it will happen.”

General Secretary Elect, Horace Trubridge, says: “This is a very welcome appointment. Naomi has worked for the MU in every area of the industry and is ideally suited for the role. I'm delighted that she will be joining the Secretariat at a time when the profession is facing so many challenges and I am confident that the new team is well placed to meet those challenges head on.”

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1137936 2017-03-12T14:45:20Z 2017-03-12T14:45:20Z City of London Sinfonia makes diversity pledge

Katy Wright reporting in Classical Music Magazine on the City of London Sinfonia's new commitment to diversity in its artistic leadership.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1137305 2017-03-09T17:24:58Z 2017-03-09T17:24:58Z Role Models - Jessica Duchen offers up a list of men playing music written by women https://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/happy-international-womens-day.html

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136866 2017-03-08T14:08:13Z 2017-03-08T14:08:13Z Easter Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn - an extraordinary masterpiece

I have just been listening to this great Romantic masterpiece on Radio 3.

If you missed it find it here


and you can read about the history behind the rediscovery of the piece in an article in The Guardian by her great-great-great granddaughter here


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136836 2017-03-08T11:34:54Z 2017-03-08T11:34:54Z The first female professor in the UK - Emma Ritter-Bondy Many thanks to Stuart Harris-Logan, archives officer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for this wonderful archival research.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136729 2017-03-07T22:36:30Z 2017-03-07T22:36:30Z BBC Radio 3 celebrates women composers

Again Radio 3 is dedicating all it's air time on 8th March to music by and interviews with women composers, including a number of world premieres.  Whilst Women in Music applaud their celebration, we will not rest content until there is music by women composers on Radio 3 every day.

Listen in tomorrow for some fabulous music, old and new, and some important discussion about how history has overlooked some amazing work because it was written by women.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136725 2017-03-07T22:22:16Z 2017-03-07T22:22:16Z Jessica Duchen's '9 of the best musical ways to mark International Women's Day'

In her blog Jessica Duchen recommends some great events for 8th March


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1136723 2017-03-07T22:18:29Z 2017-03-07T22:18:29Z 'We need more women composers – and it's not about tokenism, it's about talent' - Susanna Eastburn in The Guardian

In The Guardian, Susanna Eastburn, chief executive of Sound and Music, explains why, by 2020, 50 per cent of the composers they work with will identify as women.  She examines the reality of unconscious bias and rejects tokenism in favour of openness and enrichment in our musical experience.  A great article.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1133117 2017-02-22T20:39:09Z 2017-02-22T20:39:09Z Barbican Responds to International Women's Day Concert Advert

WiM has had a response from the Barbican to the issue we raised about the concert by the Moscow Virtuosi on 8 March which was billed as a International Women's Day event in BBC Music Magazine.  Huw Humphreys, the Head of Music at the Barbican, says

'This concert is a rental of the Barbican Hall with the marketing of the event undertaken by an outside promoter, and while the concert does fall on International Women's Day it was not programmed to mark this event. The Barbican had not been sent nor approved this version of the advert and had not been made aware that the promoter intended to market it in this way. We recognise that it is entirely inappropriate to claim any link between the concert and lnternational Women's Day, and have instructed the concert promoter to remove all mention of this from any future advertising copy.

Having spoken to the promoter since this advert was brought to our attention, it appears that the promoter had misunderstood the focus of International Women's Day, on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. They informed us that they included the mention in the advert as the focus and ways of celebrating International Women's Day are different in former Soviet Union countries. While this in no way excuses the advert making this link, I iust wanted to provide some context to try to explain how this error has occurred.

I'd like to sincerely apologise on behalf of the Barbican for any offence caused and would like to assure you again that we absolutely agree that it was entirely inappropriate for the promoter to make this link between the concert and lnternational Women's Day in the way that it is understood in the UK and internationally.

The Barbican is programming an event to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2018 which features the Insula Orchestra led by the Laurence Equilbey, featuring soloist Alexandra Corunova, Natalie Clein and Alice Sara Ott and celebrating the chamber and orchestral music of Louise Farrenc.'

So watch out for the Barbican's 2018 celebration.  Perhaps they could have done something meaningful this year too.

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1127718 2017-02-02T23:43:09Z 2017-02-03T00:06:05Z Is this how the Barbican and the Moscow Virtuosi really intend to mark International Women's Day?

In the January issue of BBC Music Magazine there is a full-page advertisement for a concert on 8th March at the Barbican, London "to mark International Women's Day". It is to be given by the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

The program consists entirely of male composers.

The photograph on the Barbican website shows members of the orchestra - all male. The photo on the orchestra website shows 2 women and 26 men. There are 8 soloists listed at the Barbican event, 7 of whom are men.

Is this how the Barbican and the Moscow Virtuosi really intend to mark International Women's Day?

tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1126820 2017-01-28T13:13:33Z 2017-01-28T13:13:33Z Exploring Music and Gender - notes from the meeting at Celtic Connections in Glasgow last week Traditional musician and composer Rachel Newton convened a debate on gender inequality in festival programming at Celtic Connections.  A panel of women working in the music industry as artists, event organisers, promoters and agents discussed their own experiences and then discussion was opened to the floor.  The proceedings can be read here:


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1126818 2017-01-28T12:51:09Z 2017-01-28T12:51:09Z Why it's time for Scottish folk to change its tune - Kate Molleson in The Guardian

Kate Molleson examines gender imbalance in the Scottish folk music scene in response to this year's Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124555 2017-01-19T22:34:42Z 2017-02-02T23:49:52Z Concert Celebrating Female Composers by the Harmony Sinfonia, 4 March, London


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124553 2017-01-19T22:26:07Z 2017-01-19T22:26:07Z Give Voice To Women. A Symposium organised by the World Academy for the Future of Women. 12 - 14 May 2017. Henan, China.

"Give Voice to Women" focuses on the development of women's leadership.  It is at the SIAS International University,
Xinzheng, Henan, China on 12 - 14 May 2017. They have issued a call for presenters. Interpreters will be provided.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124546 2017-01-19T22:03:09Z 2017-01-19T22:05:09Z Women in the Creative Arts, 10-12 August 2017 Australian National University, Canberra

Another interesting call for papers. abstracts should be submitted by 20 March 2017.


tag:womeninmusicblog.org.uk,2013:Post/1124545 2017-01-19T22:01:10Z 2017-01-19T22:49:42Z The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music Bangor University, Wales, 4 – 7 September 2017 A great conference date for your diaries.  Abstracts for submissions need to reach them by 1 March 2017.


Here is Jessica Duchen's blog entry about the conference too