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Posted 27th February 2019.

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Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) Announce Launch Event

 

Scottish Women Inventing Music is a new organisation founded by Glasgow-based award-winning Musical Director, Arranger and Composer, Hilary Brooks.

SWIM is a collaboration of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female.

Membership is comprised of women working in all areas and genres of music, who are committed to achieving a level playing field for women, pushing for gender equality across the music industries.

Brooks explains, “I’m delighted to be part of an ambitious network created specifically for women in music in Scotland. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a professional career in music over the last thirty years and I’d hoped that a network like SWIM would not be necessary in 2019.

However, in 2016 after hearing some very disappointing gender statistics and a rallying call from Vanessa Reed (the CEO of the PRS Foundation and Women’s Hour power-lister number 3 behind Beyoncé and Taylor Swift) I returned from that meeting of women composers in London and decided to start a Scottish network dedicated to improving the gender imbalance of opportunities in the music business.

I hope that people attending our launch will have an enjoyable and interesting day; perhaps think twice about who is making, presenting, producing the music that they listen to and support festivals that have committed to the KEYCHANGE international initiative, to have 50:50 gender parity on stage by 2022.”

8 March 2019 sees the official launch of the organisation with a collection of special events taking place in Glasgow.

Kinning Park Complex will host a daytime event with two panels, a speed mentoring session and a special award presentation. There will be a creche available and lunch for full day ticket holders.

The first panel, Making Waves: Programme For Change will discuss ways in which we can achieve equality in the music industries. Hosted by journalist Fiona Shepherd, guests include: Jess Partridge (Keychange PRS Foundation) who will also present information on Keychange’s pioneering international initiative which empowers women to transform the future of music. Other guest panellists are: Blue Kirkhope (Scottish Music Industry Association), Caroline Sewell (Musicians Union), Sarra Wild (OH141) and Siobhan Anderson (Creative Scotland).

An afternoon panel, Role Models, will take place looking at who or what inspired these “role models” to pursue music and their prospective fields. It will also look at what challenges they have faced and more. Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Janice Forsyth, guest panellists are: Diljeet Bhachu (musician), Lesley Shaw (Celtic Connections), Jill Rodger (Glasgow Jazz Festival), Emma Pollock (artist, Chemikal Underground label), Aarti Joshi (DF Concerts) and Rose McDowall (artist).

A speed mentoring session will take place during the afternoon with selected panellists. This will give launch attendees the opportunity to ask further questions within small groups.

Jonathan Tait (Solicitor, BTO Solicitors LLP) will be on hand during Friday afternoon to answer any questions or offer advice. He has several years of creative industry experience working alongside companies such as MTV, BBC, Scot FM, WF Management and more.

Scottish composer, music educator and music writer, Janet Beat will be presented a special lifetime achievement award. Janet is one of the women pioneers in electronic music composition in Great Britain. Following this presentation, The Janet Beat Award will become a recognised SWIM award for future Scottish women in music and will be presented every year to a special recipient.

Tickets for the daytime event are available via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-women-inventing-music-swim-official-launch-daytime-event-tickets-55513532470

Bitches Brew SWIM Launch Special at Old Hairdressers

 Launched in 2015 by SWIM member Emma Smith, Bitches Brew showcases the diversity of talent and raw energy of female improvisers from the fields of jazz, folk, electronic music and free improvising. Bitches Brew is a response to female performers, programmers and creators being sidelined by the music industry, it challenges the fallacy that there aren’t enough highly talented female instrumentalists around, or that more than one ‘girl band’ in a night would just be overkill. Pushing artistic boundaries by appealing to both the jazz and contemporary music audiences, Bitches Brew is a night of music that will blow your mind and feed your soul. To celebrate the launch of SWIM there will be performances from members.

Kim Edgar, Bell Lungs, Signy + Emma and Anne Martin will all be performing live at Glasgow’s The Old Hairdressers to round off an incredible launch day.

Tickets for this event are available via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bitches-brew-swim-launch-special-tickets-55511459269

Hidden Rhythms at Glasgow Women’s Library

We are delighted to be including the vibrant, emerging talents of a diverse and talented group of young women also known as Hidden Rhythms. The setting is Glasgow Women’s Library which has become one of the most celebrated and vital organisations in Scotland. It is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities.

The performance is sure to be not only memorable, but inspirational. In their words: “This is a chance to hear original songs and poetry celebrating love, joy, sadness, hope and everything that comes with life. Written and performed by young women who are often hidden, these tracks will give you a glimpse of a world too often overlooked.  From party bangers to sobby ballads they showcase a wide range of experience and personalities. We want to share our stories – come and be a part of them.”

Tickets are available via https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/hidden-rhythms

Further details on SWIM can be found via the organisation’s website.

There is also a Crowdfund to help fund the launch event and prospective members can sign up for membership via the SWIM website.

 

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