Womxn+ in Music event offers advice to womxn+ launching careers in the music industry

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Supported by PRS for Music, PRS Foundation and Youth Music, Leeds-based social enterprise, Come Play With Me, is set to host Womxn+ in Music, a free afternoon of discussion and celebration of womxn+ and gender minorities in the local music scene at Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, Saturday 25 January 2020.

Taking place over the course of the afternoon, the event will feature three panels alongside an electronic music workshop with music producer, songwriter, and performer Liina “LNA” Turtonen and opportunities to meet the experts for some invaluable one-to-one advice.

An Early Careers Advice panel will be chaired by Shell Zenner, Amazing Radio/XS Radio Presenter and BBC Introducing West Yorkshire Producer; and features 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.

The Imposter Syndrome panel will be chaired by Kath Davies, Strategic Lead for Cultural Development at Kirklees Council MUSiK - Music in Kirklees; and features 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.

Two women/gender minority artists will be given 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.

The event will be followed immediately after by a separately ticketed 14+ concert at the same venue, headlined by Big Joanie, in conjunction with Independent Venue Week. 

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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.

Maya Radcliffe, Editorial Manager for PRS for Music’s M Magazine

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £35 million to over 7,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.

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