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Festival Republic initiative ReBalance will celebrate International Women’s Day with a very special event at London’s Union Chapel on Sunday 8 March 2020.
During the day, visitors will be offered the opportunity to meet women in the music industry through a series of speed networking, panels and talks, and the evening will see the ever-brilliant Nilüfer Yanya take to the iconic stage for a headline performance, joined by Martha Hill and Tamzene.
The initiative has just announced its line-up of speakers for the day.
Kicking off proceedings will be Metropolis promoter and founder of the Women Connect collective Alexandra Ampofo, who will address how she got started in the music, her role now, and how to find your place in the industry.
Ampofo will be followed by Live Nation’s head of HR Jana Watkins, who will reveal how to get a start in the industry.
Ellie Giles, founder and artist manager at Step Music (Bill Ryder Jones), will then discuss how she got her start in the industry, how to find a manager, and how to become one.
The first panel of the day, Women In Live, will feature the expert opinions of some of the most prominent women in live music.
Moderated by Newsbeat presenter Sinead Garvan, the panel is set to feature Live Nation promoter Steph Van Sponsen, Hammersmith Apollo Production Manager Alice James, Partnerships & Event Manager at MAMA Natalie Von Rotz, Ticketmaster’s Vice President of Client Development of Music and Festivals Sarah Slater, and the amazing singer-songwriter Annabel Allum.
The second panel of the day addresses the barriers of working in a male-dominated industry.
Moderated by Label Head of Sony Music’s Music For Nations Julie Weir, the panel will welcome rising band Lazy Day’s Tilly Scantlebury, award-winning producer Lauren Deakin Davies, MelodyVR’s Chief Marketing Officer Nikki Lambert, Boileroom Guilford’s Director Dom Frazer, and Josie Faulkner from cult independent label Big Scary Monsters.
Throughout the day there will also be speed networking events with many more brilliant music industry leaders.
Day tickets are priced a £2 Safe Gigs For Women charity donation, with evening tickets £17.50.
Safe Gigs For Women aims to achieve just that, providing education and support to ensure everyone can enjoy live music without fear of harassment.
ReBalance began life in 2017, offering 5 day’s studio time to a core female identified band or artist each month since, as well as a place on a Festival Republic or Live Nation festival line-up.
To date, 19 finalists have performed at the likes of The Great Escape, Wireless Festival, Latitude Festival, and Reading & Leeds Festival.
The International Women’s Day event is designed for those looking for a career in the music business to meet inspirational women already in the industry.
Women from Festival Republic, Live Nation, Academy Music Group, MAMA, Metropolis, BBC, PRS Foundation, from a range of independent and major record labels, and more, will be in attendance.
“We are incredibly proud of what ReBalance has achieved, so it only made sense to take the scheme further by hosting an event on International Women’s Day for those who want to meet the industry,” the team say. “Aimed at newcomers or if you’re just curious, this event is the chance to learn from the brightest stars and pick up some tips. Lack of female representation in music is an industry wide issue, and we want to level it.”
The evening will be headlined by Nilüfer Yanya, who released her acclaimed Miss Universe debut last year. The album featured on Ticketmaster’s best releases of 2019.
Based in West London, Yanya combines a unique blend of indie rock, soul, jazz and trip-hop.
ReBalance Celebrates International Women’s Day will take place at London’s Union Chapel in Islington on Sunday 8 March 2020
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