Keychange, the pioneering international initiative for gender equality in the music industry, has today announced 76 new members of its 2022 talent development programme.
Selected by industry and export experts as future leaders, this latest group of artists and music industry professionals from 12 different countries will take part in a year-long programme, after an open call that received 590 applications.
This year’s participants from the UK include Shereen Perera, (Senior Producer of Women of the World Foundation), Eve Horne (founder of PeakMusicUK) artists Eliza Shaddad, caro♡, Bishi and IMOGEN . Other participants include Samantha Slattery, (Founder of Women in Music Canada), Mathilde Neuville, (co-founder of Consentis for the prevention of sexism and sexual violence in music) and the hotly tipped indie Rough Trade artist, Laura Lee & the Jettes.
Launching with a digital kick-off on February 16 - 18 2022, the stated aim of the programme (curated by Sofie Marin) is to equip the 76 women and gender minority participants with the skills, resources and opportunities needed to fast track them to the next stage in their career.
Sofie Marin says: 'It is a great honour to curate the 2022 programme in close partnership with esteemed Keychange colleagues and partners across Europe and Canada. Now more than ever there’s a need for human connection, interaction, inclusion, and support across the borders which will be at the core of everything we do; whether physical, hybrid and/or digital.'
Magda Cholyst, founder of Artist in Bloom and 2021 Keychange participant, says: 'Keychange is like a huge mastermind. You get a unique opportunity to be in active conversation with an experienced, inspiring, open-minded international community. For people who seek not only for business growth, but also understanding of themselves as well as the world changing everyday, this experience is priceless. For me, as a woman in the music industry, cultural entrepreneur and human being, Keychange is one of the turning points in my personal and professional story.'