FESTIVAL REPUBLIC is expanding its ReBalance scheme to give additional live support to emerging female artistes.
The three-year initiative, which was launched in 2017 in partnership with PRS Foundation, initially offers successful female applicants one week’s studio time with an engineer and expenses paid, plus a performance at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Entertainment-run festival.
Two aspiring female sound engineers and producers were also offered apprenticeships at Old Chapel Music Studio in Leeds.
The scheme was launched after a report by PRS Foundation found that women represent just 16 per cent of UK songwriters and composers. The Women Make Music Evaluation found a general lack of women in other roles across the industry.
“The evaluation of our Women Make Music fund highlighted ongoing challenges for female artistes whilst also drawing attention to the lack of women working in other industry roles including the recording studio,” says PRS Foundation CEO Vanessa Reed.
“Low representation of women in these aspects of the creative process is an obstacle for female artistes as well young women who are considering a career in music production. Coming up with campaigns and initiatives like ReBalance, will ultimately strengthen our industry and be of benefit to us all.”
Meanwhile, ReBalance Presents will give female artistes, both in and out of the scheme, the chance to perform live, with the first event this month being a sell-out featuring Nia Wyn, Keedz and Duchess at The Servant Jazz Quarters (cap. 100) in Dalston.
The next show is set for 26 February at The Social (150), featuring Martha Hill, Luna and Ruby Duff. Tickets cost £8.80.