A roundtable focusing on women in electronic music, to be held as part of Sydney’s 2016 Vivid Festival, is hoping to come up with methods for boosting female representation in the industry.
By prioritising action over discussion, the roundtable, which is presented by MusicNSW and Electronic Music Conference (EMC), will create “practical, achievable, strategic next steps” and “develop a strategic framework”. All levels and aspects of female participation will be addressed – from increasing performances on stages and at festivals, to achieving more airplay, to attaining positions in boardrooms.
Six speakers, from a variety of backgrounds, will comprise the roundtable. They are Anna Burns, general manager at Future Classic, an Australian independent record label, artist management team, touring agency and music publisher, with a portfolio that includes Flume, Flight Facilities and Chet Faker; Jane Slingo, programmer of the Electronic Music Conference, Asia-Pacific’s biggest electronic music industry event; Caroline Gates, programme director at FBi Radio; Anna Fitzgerald, group publicity and promotions manager at Ministry of Sound Australia; Martha Brown, a Melbourne-based musician who performs under the stage name Banoffee; and Cat Hope, a Perth-based musician, composer and academic.
The roundtable will meet on 18 June between 3pm and 5pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney. Tickets are $15 + $4 booking fee and are available online. The conversation will be followed at 6pm with an evening of free electronic music, showcasing some of Australia’s best female producers and DJs.
This event is just one of many recent developments promoting gender equality in the music industry. January 2016 saw the inaugural Earopund Festival, which featured a 100% female and transgender programme, and in April, two students at the University of Sydney successfully crowd funded the first edition of Gusher, a new rock magazine written by and for women.