Reading Festival organisers to help tackle gender inequality in the music industry

No Comments 17 August 2017

Reading Festival organisers to help tackle gender inequality in the music industry

The organisers of Reading Festival are on a mission to find and develop the country’s most promising female musicians.

Festival Republic has launched a new project called ReBalance, which provides up and coming female solo artists or bands with a week of studio time every month.

The ambitious initiative aims to tackle a lack of gender equality in the music industry.

Over the next three years, they will pay for their travel, accommodation and studio time and then look to give the best acts a slot at Reading or Leeds Festival or V Festival.

The company will also be supporting women who want to work in sound engineering and production by offering internships.

The artists and engineers will be nominated by industry experts and then selected to take part in the project by a panel, which includes a number of talented musicians, DJs and producers.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, said: “Something needs to be done about gender equality in the music industry.

“It’s a wider issue that involves us but the solution doesn’t rest only with us.

“I have decided to be proactive in changing and working towards this no longer being an issue in the future, and that’s what this project is about.

“We’ve been working closely with PRS Foundation and their Women Make Music programme, alongside Old Chapel Studio in Leeds to pull together this exciting new initiative.

“There is a significant lack of female acts with recording contracts, and indeed airplay – it’s quite astonishing.”

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