Free event for womxn+ launching careers in music

The Leeds-based social enterprise will host Womxn+ in Music, which is supported by PRS for Music, PRS Foundation and Youth Music, at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds on Saturday 25 January 2020.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 22 Jan 2020
  • min read
The Leeds-based social enterprise Come Play With Me will host Womxn+ in Music, which is supported by PRS for Music, PRS Foundation and Youth Music, at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds on Saturday 25 January 2020.

The free afternoon of discussion and celebration of womxn+ and gender minorities will feature three panels alongside an electronic music workshop with producer, songwriter and performer Liina ‘LNA’ Turtonen, plus opportunities to meet experts and gain valuable one-to-one advice.

An Early Careers Advice panel is set to be chaired by Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio/XS Radio Presenter and BBC Introducing West Yorkshire Producer).

Panellists include Maya Radcliffe, editorial manager for PRS for Music’s M Magazine, Grace Kelly, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of VENUS, Liina Turtonen, music producer, musician and YouTuber and Lily Fontaine, frontwoman for Leeds band Frank and writer for Northern Life Magazine.

Meanwhile, the Imposter Syndrome panel will be chaired by Kath Davies, strategic lead for Cultural Development at at Kirklees Council MUSiK - Music in Kirklees.

Estella Adeyeri, bassist and vocalist for Big Joanie, Witching Waves and Charmpit, Emily Pilbeam, presenter for BBC Music Introducing in West Yorkshire and assistant at BBC Music Introducing Humberside and Miranda Arieh, singer/songwriter and mental health campaigner will all feature on the panel.

Savages drummer and Music Declares Emergency co-founder Fay Milton will also be giving a brief talk about her work with independent group and its plan to create a cohesive, industry-wide response to the climate emergency.

The event will also offer two women/gender minority artists the opportunity to receive a Come Play With Me supported 7” single release, chosen by a Come Play With Me selection panel of experts.

The panel will be chaired by Emily Marlow, Co-Founder and Director, Girl Gang Leeds and features DJ Nik Nak (Nicole Raymond), sound artist, composer, producer, sound engineer, DJ, turntablist and presenter of BBC Radio Leeds Monday Night Mixtape; and Cath Hurley, Most Deffo Artist Manager, LIPA lecturer and Liverpool City Region Music board member.

Maya Radcliffe, editorial manager, PRS for Music’s M Magazine, says: ‘I'm honoured to have been asked to speak as part of Womxn+ in Music, alongside such a stellar line-up. Many womxn+ face roadblocks whilst trying to navigate their careers in nearly every profession, but this is particularly true of the music industry - behind the scenes and centre stage. If we really want to bridge the gap, it's crucial that we look out for one another and encourage each other’s contributions, whatever they may be. Events like this are a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your connections.’

While the event is free, space is limited so please ensure you book a space here if you wish to attend.

The event will conclude with a separately ticketed 14+ concert at the same venue, headlined by Big Joanie, in conjunction with Independent Venue Week. Tickets are available here.